Many in Libya demanded delaying the elections, but now the question is whether Haftar and his allies will use the opportunity to legitimise themselves.
The announcement fuels fear that the election could be postponed amid calls from most of the stakeholders to hold the vote on schedule.
Warlord Haftar is accused of ordering the bombing of the “National Army” forces at the Air Defense College in Misrata.
Fathi Bashagha’s announcement follows the more high-profile candidacies of Aguila Saleh, Khalifa Haftar and Saif al Islam Gaddafi in the race for the country’s highest office after years of civil war.
The head of Libya’s High Council of State, Khalid al-Mishri, told TRT World that the unilaterally passed election laws work only in favour of warlord Khalifa Haftar and pave the way for tyranny.
Senior Libyan politician Guma el Gamaty told TRT World that the international community has turned a blind eye to 'flawed' election laws that allow warlord Khalifa Haftar to compete for Libya's presidency.
Haftar wants to win favour in Washington ahead of December elections, documents show.
The country’s elections and transitional justice process will fail without holding Khalifa Haftar and his supporters accountable.
Known as Haftar’s henchman, Aguila Saleh, a prominent figure of Libya's parallel regime in the east, has been refusing to approve the UN-backed government's budget four months ahead of elections.
Although experts see the hardening of the UN's position against Haftar as a welcome sign, they criticise the international body for giving him a free hand in Libya and complicating the conflict.
Regional experts say the conference turned a blind eye to the UAE and Russia's divisive role as the two countries reneged on the promises they made in Berlin Conference I.
Russia’s plan to open up consular services in Benghazi is another sign that Moscow is not ready to give up on warlord Khalifa Haftar.
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