Khalifa Haftar’s health is declining, and tribes refuse to take over his son Saddam after his departure

Khalifa Haftar’s health is declining, and tribes refuse to take over his son Saddam after his departure
Khalifa Haftar’s health is declining, and tribes refuse to take over his son Saddam after his departure

Tripoli – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: A Source close to retired Major General Khalifa Haftar confirmed in statements to “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” that Haftar’s health situation is still deteriorating day after day, indicating that he suffered from heart problems two years ago, after which he entered the intensive care room in An Egyptian hospital, explaining that the consequences of these health problems continue to this day.
The Source, who declined to be named, added that Haftar had tried, since his health deteriorated, to negotiate with the tribes to accept his son Saddam to take over his position in the event of his death, but some tribes strongly refused.
Another military Source from eastern Libya told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that Haftar has fears that have haunted him for nearly two years, and these fears center around his sudden death, adding that Haftar is now preparing to hand over leadership to Saddam Haftar in clear steps.
The Source, who also refused to reveal his name or identity, added that Haftar is working to include all his brigades in the ground infantry force, which he will announce the installation of his son Saddam as commander of the ground forces, after he promoted him to the rank of major general.
The Source indicated that the past weeks witnessed Haftar withdrawing a large number of his forces from the vicinity of Sirte and Al-Jufra to the eastern region of Libya, adding that he plans to gradually hand over power to Saddam by appointing him to the position of commander of the ground forces, and then handing over power completely to him.

The Source reported that Haftar’s son carried out a raid and assassination campaign in Cyrenaica to further prove his influence because he rules by force there, due to the refusal of a large number of personalities and tribes to take power.
He added that there are parties that support the installation of Abdel-Razzaq Al-Nadouri, who occupies the position of Chief of Staff in the eastern region, instead of the installation of Saddam Haftar, as they believe that he is more deserving of that, indicating that this explains the exposure of Al-Nadouri to an assassination attempt by poisoning in an earlier period.
In an interview with “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” with the civil activist from the Libyan East, Nadine Al-Farsi, she said that the two biggest figures rejecting the installation of Haftar’s son are Abdel-Razzaq Al-Nadhouri and Saqr Al-Jarushi, and she also indicated that most of the dignity leaders rejected this matter.
Al-Farsi added that Haftar’s General Command has great fears of an attack on Sirte by the forces of the Libyan West, so it began thinking about installing a leadership figure from the West at the head of a joint force to fortify Sirte from any attack.
Al-Farsi confirmed the correctness of the withdrawal of a number of Haftar’s forces, saying that there is a force that has begun to withdraw from the city of Sirte to form a joint room between the east and the west, and it is likely that Muhammad al-Hussan will be appointed commander of the 166th Battalion at its head for many reasons.
Al-Farsi believed that Russia would support the idea of ​​installing Saddam, Haftar’s son, as his successor, as she said, “I think that with regard to Russia, Saddam will be closer to it than others, because Saddam’s arms are from the previous regime.”
In the same context, a report published by the Russian newspaper “Nezavisimaya” said that the willingness of Khalifa Haftar – on whom the Russian side tried to rely – to give up his candidacy in favor of his sons, could accelerate the transformation of eastern Libya into a pro-Western party.
The writer stated that the negotiations that took place recently in Egypt revealed Khalifa Haftar’s lack of interest in running for the presidential elections, which are expected to be organized this year under the supervision of international mediators.
A week ago, the Egyptian capital, Cairo, hosted a tripartite meeting that brought together Haftar, Aqila Saleh, and Muhammad al-Manfi, head of the Libyan Presidential Council. Al-Quds Al-Arabi talked about it before it was confirmed by official Libyan authorities.
The media advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Fathi al-Marimi, told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the results and outputs of the Cairo meetings were not disclosed, stressing that the meeting seeks in general to agree on expediting the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections.
And identical sources confirmed that Haftar had demanded during the meeting to enable his son Saddam to be his replacement in exchange for his withdrawal from the political arena, at a time when Aqila Saleh is discussing the issue of appointing a new government in the near future.
Before his return from Cairo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, announced that there is almost a convergence on reconsidering the government and forming a new, neutral government to supervise the elections, indicating that it is not reasonable for the presidential candidate to be responsible for appointing election officials and employees.
In an interview with Al-Qahera News Channel, Aqila said that a committee will be formed similar to the previous dialogue committee, and an agreement will be made between the House of Representatives and the state on the new government, saying that there is almost a consensus on changing the government, but no names have been identified yet.
Aqeela stated that the elections could be held next November or before, pointing out that the current dispute over the constitutional document relates to the candidacy of the military and dual nationals, two points on which the committee in charge will converge views.

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