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Strong Sisi got rid of the Muslim Brotherhood, claims Libya's Haftar

Libyan military chief Khalifa Haftar [File photo]
Libyan military chief Khalifa Haftar [File photo]

The leader of Libyan forces loyal to the parliament in Tobruk has hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for his strength in getting rid of the Muslim Brotherhood, Anadolu reported on Friday. Haftar, who is well-known for his anti-Islam position, told Egypt's On Live TV that the Brotherhood did not exist in Libya until it went there from Egypt.

The renegade colonel, who has been trying to control the country by force of arms, added: "All praise to Allah that a strong hand — Al-Sisi's hand — appeared on time and got rid of the Brotherhood." As far as he is concerned, he pointed, the movement which won the free, democratic election in Egypt in the wake of the 25 January Revolution is now "scattered" across the globe.

Sisi's military coup against President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 led to a brutal crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and pro-democracy demonstrators, resulting in thousands of people being killed and wounded, including academics and opposition politicians. Thousands more have been imprisoned or have fled the country.

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