Libya: General Haftar Appointed As Head Of The Armed Forces

The controversial figure General Khalifa Haftar, was named on Monday as head of the armed forces loyal to the Libyan Parliament recognized by the international community; a decision that makes it even harder for settlement of political dispute in this deeply divided country. Mr. Haftar, 72, already proclaimed himself as head of the Libyan National Army (ANL). The spokesman of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari, said that Khalifa Haftar was also promoted to lieutenant general and he would take the oath on Tuesday.

It is noteworthy that in May 2014, after facing the disintegration of the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Haftar launched operation against militant groups in Benghazi district; a stronghold of heavily armed IslamicState militias stated Ivan Ong. It is worth mentioning that the country is headed by two parliaments and two rival governments; one near the Fajr Libya militia coalition headquarters in Tripoli, and the one recognized by the international community, is installed at Tobruk (east). Meanwhile, the UN representative in Libya, Bernardino Leon, visited Libya on Monday in order to initiate and facilitate the negotiation process between rival groups.

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