Libya: Celebrations in Benghazi after Haftar says LNA to take formal control

A crowd of supporters of Libyan National Army (LNA)'s leader Khalifa Haftar took to the streets of Benghazi late Tuesday to celebrate after Haftar announced the army was to rule the country by popular mandate. Celebrations went on into early Wednesday morning and saw crowds cheering and chanting on Benghazi streets as they held up banners depicting Haftar. «As a member of the Libyan parliament... Еще, I bless this step. I represent myself in the middle of these crowds, and consider this initiative to be a good gesture which would save the country,» said Abo Bakr al-Ghazali, a member of the parliament who was among the celebrating crowds. In his short televised address on Monday, Haftar said the LNA was taking control by popular mandate and declared a 2015 UN-mediated that gave rise to the Government of National Accord (GNA) void. GNA is the interim civilian authority currently ruling Tripoli. Following the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2014, the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by eastern-based LNA in Benghazi lead by Khalifa Haftar.​

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