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May 26, 2014 AT 7:14 AM
A renegade former Libyan general says the country's new prime minister is not capable of restoring stability in the major oil producer and has called for a postponement of parliamentary elections planned for June. Khalifa Haftar launched a campaign more than a week ago to rid Libya of what he calls "terrorists" and Islamist extremists, who are especially active in the oil-rich east.Haftar said, "We are open to talk to anyone who can defend the nation." Speaking to Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location in eastern Libya, Haftar did not rule out talking to Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq but dismissed him as illegitimate and not up to the job. Maiteeq has said he is ready to reach out to Haftar as he also wanted to focus on fighting terrorism.