His first official position after the 2011 fall of autocrat Muammar Qaddafi was as the minister of housing and utilities at the General National Congress (GNC). The GNC was dissolved two years later and replaced by the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR), following parliamentary elections on 25 June 2014. Al-Sarraj was elected to the HoR, which was established in the eastern city of Tobruk after the military arm of the Islamist-dominated new General National Congress seized Tripoli and established a rival administration.
Hero? Traitor? Mercenary? Reformer? It is hard to categorize General Khalifa Belqacem Haftar, an iconic figure emerging from Libya’s persistent chaos. The man has already had many lives and survived death countless times. Like a chameleon, he has switched sides repeatedly. He is the country’s phoenix, always emerging from defeat, although he has had little […]