Director of the Moral Guidance Department in the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub said that “the Libyan political scene has become complicated.” He added that the Commander-in-Chief, Khalifa Haftar supported the will of the people during the recent protests.
In press statements about the role the LNA will play in response to the demonstrations, Al-Mahjoub said that “it is now too early to talk about that.” He added that “the people have the power to change and impose their will. “
He explained that “in any case, the matter is in the hands of Haftar, as required by circumstances, and the important thing is not to circumvent the will of the Libyans from outside.”
The LNA’s General Command stated that it is following the popular protests, “which express legitimate demands, in light of the exacerbation of the Libyan crisis, the closing of the horizon, and the low standard of services and living for the citizen.”
In a statement, it urged the Libyan people not to attack public and private facilities, stressing that “the armed forces would not fail the people, and would not leave them vulnerable to blackmail and tampering.”
The General Command called on the Libyan people to “organise a peaceful civil movement, to lay out a roadmap for the future, and to move towards building a civil state with their free will.”
It claimed it would “take the necessary measures to preserve the independence of the Libyan decision, if any party tries to unilaterally determine the future of Libyans.”
As well as stressing its “full support for the popular will, and its support for the citizens’ demands.”