Haftar: Libya is not ready for democracy yet and Saif al-Islam Gaddaf is “naive”

Khalifa Haftar [Photo: AP Photo/ Mohammed El-Sheikhy]
The commander of the self-styled Libyan Army in the eastern region, Khalifa Haftar, has lashed out at the son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam, describing him as a naive in politics, saying it is “illogical” that some will expect Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for the elections as he has no popular support in Libya.

Haftar told the newsweekly Jeune Afrique Monday that even the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj has no “hands” that could help him take control on Tripoli as a whole.

“Al-Sirraj needs more seriousness in order to have the upper hand on the ground in the Libyan capital,” Haftar explained. He added that he told Al-Sirraj to be more strict as the “situation in Tripoli became operated by terrorists and militias”.

Haftar told Jeune Afrique that “Libya is not ready yet for democracy, adding that the upcoming elections in the country must bring a solution to the current bloodshed, but if the situation and the chaos that is going on now continue after the elections, then we will say enough is enough and take action,” Haftar explained.

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is seeking to become the president of Libya, a Gaddafi family spokesman said, adding he will run in the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, Libya is going to hold its elections for the President of Libya and for the Parliament posts as well on September 30, according to the Head of the High National Elections Committee, who said earlier this week that every Libyan national can run for president, even Saif Gaddafi.

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