Libyans don't want 'military ruler' says pressured PM

The Libyan government, for its part, has described renegade general Khalifa Haftar's operation as a "coup" against electoral "legitimacy."

Libyans don't want 'military ruler' says pressured PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq on Wednesday said that the Libyans do not want a new military ruler of their country.

"Libya is going through an ordeal," Maiteeq told a press conference in capital Tripoli.

He said that the current turmoil in his country is the results of developments in the past three years following the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Fears have mounted recently that Libya is slipping towards civil war after renegade army general Khalifa Haftar took up arms against militia groups serving as part of Libya's regular army.

Haftar says the campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."

The Libyan government, for its part, has described Haftar's operation as a "coup" against electoral "legitimacy."

But Maiteeq denied that the "revolutionaries" – who fought against Gaddafi – were the country's problem.

"They are the solution as they support the army and police," he said, going on to call on the Libyans to close ranks to build their country's institutions.

Haftar calls for presidential council

Renegade Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar, who unilaterally mobilized troops in the eastern Benghazi city, called for a civilian presidential council to rule the country until the election of a new parliament in June.

"The [elected] General National Conference has failed to fulfill its duties due to its persistent negligence towards the people's demands," Haftar said in a televised statement Wednesday night.

"The civilian council would transfer power to a new parliament as the supreme military council will continue to back the transitional period to protect Libya and its resources," he added.

Fears have mounted recently that Libya is slipping towards chaos after renegade army general Haftar took up arms against militia groups serving as part of Libya's regular army.

Dozens have been killed since Haftar's offensive, in which at least one military plane was used, began on Friday.

On Sunday, militants said to be loyal to Haftar attacked parliament headquarters in capital Tripoli and kidnapped several lawmakers.

Haftar's operation in restive Benghazi spurred considerable division within the Libyan army leaders, who were split between supporting his offensive or backing the elected interim government.

Libya's election commission has set June 25 as the date for holding the country's parliamentary elections.

The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation in violence-ridden Libya.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi has called the meeting to brief the body's permanent delegates about his contacts regarding the situation in Libya, his deputy Ahmed Ben Helli told reporters on Wednesday.

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