Khalifa Haftar eyes Tripoli; sees Italy as an enemy
Warlord Khalifa Haftar said Thursday that “Tripoli crisis shouldn’t go longer and liberating the Libyan capital is inevitable.”
Speaking to tribal leaders in Benghazi, he declared that he would “liberate” Tripoli through a well-structured plan to end what he called “militias’ rule.”
He disclosed that he has contacts with some “militias” to help them get out of the country and start businesses abroad.
“But if you decide to return home, then you will be prosecuted,” he told the “militia” leaders, promising to help them settle abroad through Libyan embassies.
“We will not be silent about the current situations in Tripoli anymore,” he vowed.
In his speech, the warlord criticized Italy saying “there are people who highly praise it despite their knowledge that Italy is an enemy to us.”
“Worshipping Italy and implementing their demands is a real problem,” he remarked.
Haftar rejected the current draft constitution saying “it’s a disaster and must be substituted.”
The draft constitution hinders Haftar from running for the presidential elections of the country. According to the draft, the president of Libya shall not be holding a dual citizenship and if that is the case, he or she must have renounced it five years before the date of nominations to the presidency.
Haftar obtains an American citizenship besides his Libyan nationality.
Instead of passing a permanent constitution to the country, he vowed support to elections to end the current crisis, threatening not to recognize the results if they proved to be “unfair.”