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Will Haftar get rid of Paris Agreement?

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Benghazi

Sources from Benghazi think that the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, was looking for a way to get rid of the agreement that was signed between him and the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, in Paris last month.

The sources said that Haftar had been advised by the Egyptian leadership to undermine Paris agreement because Haftar must commit to the Libyan Political Agreement that was signed in Skhirat in 2015.

It is worth mentioning that Haftar refused, many times, to accept the Political Agreement and its outcomes including the PC because he is supported by Egypt and the UAE to control Libya.

In this context, Haftar encouraged some of his followers to demonstrate in Benghazi, on Friday, calling for giving Haftar the mandate to rule Libya.

The sources stated that Haftar is trying to copy the same scenario of Egypt that brought Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi to the power, a few years ago.

The demonstrators in Benghazi raised slogans calling Haftar to intervene to solve the Libyan crisis, especially after the Arrest Warrant of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Major Mahmud Al-Werfalli who appeared in videos executing prisoners in awful ways.

The demonstrators condemned the ICC decision that calls for arresting Al-Werfalli and handing him over to the ICC for his war crimes.

It is essential clarifying that the demonstrators of Friday were militants affiliated with Haftar’s forces who announced that Al-Werfalli was a hero in carrying out those crimes.

Observers said that Haftar is facing political obstacles so it would be a problem for him in case he thinks about moving towards the western side of Libya because the International Community backs the PC.

The observers added that Al-Sarraj knows that Haftar wouldn’t accept the authority of the PC because Haftar is still supported by Egypt and the UAE to refuse any political solution in Libya.

Furthermore, the division in the House of Representatives (HoR) might decline Haftar’s Dignity Operation in the western side of Libya because some of the HoR members are supporting the Political Agreement.

The other thing that would worsen Haftar’s force is the news that some heads of municipalities in the eastern side of Libya asked the PC in Tripoli to help them to solve some crises they face in their areas including the problems of liquidity, the cuttings of electricity, and the shortage of water.

The observers said that it looks like Haftar would find himself lonely in front of the International Community who stress that they support the PC and refuse to militarize the authorities in Libya.