Libya: Haftar steps down from military role to run for president

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Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar paved the way to stand as president in a possible December election on Wednesday, saying he would step down from his military role for three months.


National elections have been promoted as a way to end Libya's decade-long crisis, but have been embroiled in bitter arguments over legitimacy that may unravel a months-long peace process.

Haftar heads the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), which waged war on western factions after the country split in 2014, including a 14-month offensive to take Tripoli that was repelled last year after devastating areas of the capital.

The eastern-based LNA said in a statement that Haftar had assigned his chief-of-staff to assume his duties for three months until 24 December, the date of the legislative and presidential vote.

In the statement, the 77-year old Haftar said his replacement, General Abdelrazak al-Nadhuri, "will occupy the functions of General Commander for a period of three months", from September 23 to December 24.

Temporarily elevating his chief-of-staff to the post "appears to be the informal announcement of his intention to run for president," Libya analyst Emadeddin Badi said in a tweet.

The election was mandated last year by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, a UN-selected assembly that set a roadmap for peace in Libya, a major oil producer, through installing a unity government and holding a nationwide vote.

However, while the existing, eastern-based parliament approved the unity government in March, key elements of the plan have since stalled and on Wednesday the chamber said it had withdrawn confidence from Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah, Reuters reported.

 



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Libya: Haftar steps down from military role to run for president

2021/09/1632397892.jpg
Read: 396     16:23     23 September 2021    

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar paved the way to stand as president in a possible December election on Wednesday, saying he would step down from his military role for three months.


National elections have been promoted as a way to end Libya's decade-long crisis, but have been embroiled in bitter arguments over legitimacy that may unravel a months-long peace process.

Haftar heads the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), which waged war on western factions after the country split in 2014, including a 14-month offensive to take Tripoli that was repelled last year after devastating areas of the capital.

The eastern-based LNA said in a statement that Haftar had assigned his chief-of-staff to assume his duties for three months until 24 December, the date of the legislative and presidential vote.

In the statement, the 77-year old Haftar said his replacement, General Abdelrazak al-Nadhuri, "will occupy the functions of General Commander for a period of three months", from September 23 to December 24.

Temporarily elevating his chief-of-staff to the post "appears to be the informal announcement of his intention to run for president," Libya analyst Emadeddin Badi said in a tweet.

The election was mandated last year by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, a UN-selected assembly that set a roadmap for peace in Libya, a major oil producer, through installing a unity government and holding a nationwide vote.

However, while the existing, eastern-based parliament approved the unity government in March, key elements of the plan have since stalled and on Wednesday the chamber said it had withdrawn confidence from Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah, Reuters reported.

 



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