Libya’s powerful commander, Khalifa Hifter, filed as a candidate in the country’s presidential elections next month.

Mr Hifter submitted his candidacy papers on Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi and announced the move in a video.

He commands the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces but delegated his military duties in September to his chief of staff, Abdel-Razek al-Nadhouri, for three months, to meet candidacy terms.

Mr Hifter’s announcement comes after Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son and one-time heir apparent of the late dictator Moammar Gaddafi, submitted candidacy papers in the southern town of Sabha.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, has spent years largely in hiding.

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