General rejects UN deal
A powerful Libyan general whose forces recently captured several key oil facilities has rejected a UNbrokered government and said the country would be better served by a leader with “high-level military experience”. Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter said his army only recognises the authority of the Libyan parliament based in the east, which has also rejected the UNbacked government in the capital, Tripoli. Libya was plunged into chaos by the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi, and for the last two years has been split by rival authorities based in the far east and in Tripoli, in the west. The two sides are deeply divided on Hifter. In the east, he is seen as the kind of strong, experienced military leader who can defeat extremists. In the west, where powerful militias hold sway, he is seen as remnant of the Gadhafi regime – which he once served – and an aspiring strongman.
DEFIANT: Khalifa Hifter