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US steps up support for Libya polls, as Haftar suffers from new tactics

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 13:09

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar gestures as he speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Benghazi
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, Libya December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File Photo

The US is stepping up its support for elections in Libya while the country’s presidential hopefuls battle it out in Washington.

Last week, the top commander of American forces in Africa visited Tripoli for meetings with representatives of the country’s two rival governments, capping a flurry of recent calls by US officials to abide by the 24 December voting timeline.

In Congress, the House of Representatives passed several measures that take explicit aim at eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar and his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), while also authorising up to $30m to help Libya with its elections.

Meanwhile, more and more Libyan politicians are launching rival influence campaigns to build US support for their expected presidential bids, with uneven results.