UAE is funding candidates who are pro-Khalifa Haftar for Libya elections

Haftar meets with UAE deputy Chief of Staff [Photo: Archive]
Libyan sources said the UAE is spending large sums of money to finance the electoral campaign of nominees who are close to Khalifa Haftar, the Arabic-language New Arab reported.

According to the sources, Egypt, the UAE, Oman, and Tunisia have recently held secret talks to secure support for the nomination of their favorite candidates in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya later this year.

Khalifa Haftar will not personally run for the upcoming elections, but will nominate a number of his main advocates with the support of his allies in Egypt, the UAE and France, the report said.

On Tuesday, four main Libyan political leaders attended a peace conference in Paris and agreed to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on December 10.

Egypt, Russia and the UAE, who back General Haftar in the East, also attended the peace conference in Paris, as well as the UN Special envoy Ghassan Salame.

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