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 Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and is supported by Türkiye and Qatar.
Source of Influence: Political
Status: Featured in current year