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Libyan strongman Hifter announces presidential run

Libya's former eastern-based commander Khalifa Hifter declared his candidacy for the Dec. 24 elections, saying he'll seek to "lead our people in a fateful stage."
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Libyan warlord Khalifa Hifter announced on Tuesday he is running for president in upcoming United Nations-backed elections, pledging to “begin the path of reconciliation" after more than a decade of turmoil and civil war. 

"I declare my candidacy for the presidential election, not because I am chasing power but because I want to lead our people towards glory, progress and prosperity," Hifter said in a televised address. 

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