Gen­eral re­jects UN deal

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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

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