Khalifa Haftar rose to prominence after the uprising against the late General Gaddafi, and was the person who announced that the Libyan government had been suspended. A leading figure in Libya’s military establishment, Haftar became a major general in the Libyan Army in 2011. Haftar’s Libyan National Army is at odds with the UN recognised government and seized control of Libyan oil ports in 2018. The UAE, Egypt, and Russia continue to support Haftar whereas the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) is headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and supported by Turkey and Qatar.
Source of Influence: Political
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