Russia’s Man in Libya Turns to the Street in Bid to Take Power

2 Oct 2017   Libya

Campaign says 700,000 people have signed pro-Haftar petition UN has declared its peace effort dead, will start again In a vast square in Benghazi, a group of men is gathering signatures for a petition calling on their military hero to move beyond his eastern fiefdom and take control of all Libya. They sit behind tables flanked by a portrait of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who’s dressed in a gray suit rather than his usual uniform and is surrounded by fawning supporters. Haftar controls more territory than any other Libyan leader and some major oil facilities. The Popular Authorization Movement for Saving the Country wants to propel him to Tripoli, seat of the rudderless United Nations-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj. The campaign says it has collected 700,000 names — more than a 10th of Libya’s people and a figure critics dismiss as an exaggeration — and is being […]

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