Division in Libyan GNA government over role of CIA-linked General Haftar
The pro-GNC Libya Observer reports that there are already disagreements about the role of CIA-linked General Khalifa Haftar in the UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) that is still in the process of formation.
|Designated senior officials, the presidential council, led by Faeiez Sirraj, met in Tunis recently. The terms of the Libya Political Agreement (LPA) are that the role of commander-in-chief of the Libya National Army currently held by CIA-linked Khalifa Haftar will be carried out by senior officials of the GNA rather than Haftar. Yet the Libya Observer now reports:|
Sources said a dispute broke out between the council members over the leadings positions in the government. Council members Ali Al-Gotrani and Fathi Al-Mijibri, both in favor of Haftar, are insisting that the latter must remain in his position as "commander-in-chief of the army", and threatened to quit the council if this was not guaranteed. While other members think Haftar is a controversial character and his role would violate the concord according to the political agreement.
Speaking in Barga TV last night, he praised his forces' victory over IS and lashed out at Khalifa Haftar, saying he and Daesh are two sides of the same coin. "I call my people in Benghazi and Barga for unity. Our enemy is not Daesh only, but also those who are planning to bring back dictatorship and military rule. The so-called the General Command and its supporters are also enemies to all Libyans."Relations between the two have been strained since September, when Jodran accused Haftar of trying to kill him. Don't expect any UN press release talking about issues such as this. At least one would expect some response from sources such as the Libyan Herald. Observer releases are often slanted against the HoR and Haftar but at the same time the Observer often reports items which those against the GNC would like to remain hidden. The reports on the Tunis meeting come from an HoR source, and hence are at least plausible.