The Chief of General Staff of the Libyan Army Mohamed al-Haddad stated that the army should stay away from the political arena by sticking to its military doctrine. Speaking at the 81st-anniversary ceremony of the Libyan army, al-Haddad emphasized that the army is an institution that should serve the interests of the country. In addition to this, al-Haddad stated that the army represents the independence of Libya and can play an important role in overcoming the current crises the country is facing.
Nonetheless, al-Haddad, referring to the statements of warlord Khalifa Haftar in the east, added that some internal and external powers used military elements in the past to drag the country into conflict, and that the same forces push the army to take a side in the current process. Al-Haddad also expressed that such an approach is not included in either Libyan traditions or military doctrine.
The uniting of the army and the integration of the militia in the country, which entered the process of national reconciliation with the takeover of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in March 2021, is one of the main priorities of the Dbeibeh government. In this sense, ensuring a safe environment for the elections planned to take place on December 24 is also related to this topic.