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Libya: Haftar Sees Solution in Upcoming Election

Libya: Haftar Sees Solution in Upcoming Election

Sunday, 12 August, 2018 - 12:15
Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar salutes as he participates in General Security conference, in Benghazi, Libya, October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar described the upcoming presidential election as the only solution to the current crisis.

He did not rule out his candidacy in the polls, stressing that his main concern at the moment was to "save Libya and rid it of terrorism".

In an interview with Libya's Marsad newspaper, Haftar said that to end the crisis in the country, the people’s will must be fulfilled through elections and establishing stable legitimate political institutions.

The political solution, according to Haftar, demands the formation of a national unity government and a new presidential council composed of three members.

"But as December draws near, we see that time is barely enough to prepare the necessary requirements for elections, especially with the politicians' failure to act, and negative foreign interference in internal affairs, " he added.

On the accusation that he was "an extension of a coup project", Haftar said the Muslim Brotherhood and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have turned against the democratic path with the support of some regional parties that are sponsoring terrorism and chaos in the region. They have also rejected the outcomes of the parliament and the peaceful transfer of power in 2014 over baseless excuses.

Meanwhile, head of the Tawergha local council announced the release of 68 people after they were arrested by the Special Deterrence Force.

They called on Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord and the UN mission in Libya to fulfill their pledges to find a radical solution to the crisis of the displaced.

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