World Bulletin / News Desk
Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called on the Libyan people to resist renegade general Khalifa Haftar as his growing strength threatens to topple the government and send the North African country into a new era of military rule.
Haftar has vowed to flush the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist groups out of the country by launching a campaign called 'Operation Dignity' in the east. He was also behind a recent attack on the parliament building in Tripoli, in which a number of lawmakers were kidnapped, and a failed coup attempt in February.
Al-Qaradawi, who is known to be an affiliate of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, called on the Libyan people to stand in defence of legitimate rule and to form a united national front against armed groups seeking to attack freedom and justice in the country. He also called on all differences to be ironed out peacefully by elected individuals in the parliament.
Having also opposed the military coup that ousted elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on July 3 last year, al-Qaradawi also urged the Egyptian people to boycott the upcoming presidential elections, in which coup leader Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi is tipped to win against his only contender, Hamdeen Sabahi.Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2014, 14:28