Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar eyes analysts say.

According to analysts Libya’s military strongman Khalifa Haftar is polishing his political image ahead of elections, after a crippling rout on the battlefield and with his support waning at home and abroad.

Haftar’s eastern-based forces battled for more than a year to seize the capital Tripoli in the west, but their defeat last June set the stage for UN-backed peace talks, a unity government and a nationwide poll planned for December.
“He is hoping the elections will secure him a political victory after his military defeat,” said international relations professor Miloud El-Hajj.