The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) published on Wednesday a preliminary list of 73 presidential candidates including Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and warlord Khalifa Haftar.

HNEC also published another list of 25 excluded candidates saying that they fail to meet the necessary legal conditions.

The list of 25 candidates excluded from the race includes Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, former General National Congress President Nuri Boushamin, Gaddafi's Secretary Bashir Saleh, and a senior leader in the Gaddafi regime, Muhammad al-Sharif, while Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha are still running.

The commission said that the candidates could appeal against these decisions within a 12-day limit established by law.

The HNEC explained that names excluded from the race lacked the necessary conditions for running according to the Attorney General, the head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the Passports and Nationality Authority.