Haftar has been selected as army chief

Libya parliament selects Haftar, who had served in the army under late strongman Muammar Gaddafi as army chief

Haftar has been selected as army chief

World Bulletin / News Desk

The speaker of Libya's Tobruk-based parliament on Monday appointed military commander Khalifa Haftar as army chief.

"Haftar has been picked as the Libyan army chief," Aqila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, told The Anadolu Agency by phone.

"He will not officially assume the post until he takes the oath of office before parliament," he said.

MP Tareq al-Garrouchi, meanwhile, said Haftar was likely to be sworn in as army chief on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Haftar, who had served in the army under late strongman Muammar Gaddafi, is waging a military offensive against Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Last month, parliament approved a bill regulating the appointment of army chiefs.

Libya has remained in a state of turmoil since a bloody uprising in 2011 ended Gaddafi's decades-long rule.

In the more than three years since, the country's sharp political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each of which has its own institutions.

Vying for legislative authority are an internationally-backed parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk and an Islamist-led assembly, which – though its mandate has ended – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Mart 2015, 16:04
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