Renegade Libyan general agrees to ceasefire

June 11, 2014 - 1:03:58 am

TRIPOLI: A Libyan renegade general has agreed to observe a ceasefire in his declared war on militant Islamists during national elections on June 25, his spokesman said yesterday.

Libya’s elections commission called the vote after parliament agreed to dissolve itself under popular pressure. Many Libyans blame lawmakers for the widespread lawlessness that has marked the country’s transition towards democracy since the uprising that ousted autocrat Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

To allow Libyans to vote in the parliamentary election set for June 25 Haftar’s forces agreed to a truce that day brokered by a committee of wise men, his spokesman Mohamed El Hejazi said.