This week was marked by the large-scale military parade in Benghazi on 29 May, where Khalifa Haftar struck a more conciliatory tone than usual, calling for direct presidential in December though warning that fighting could renew if the political process becomes deadlocked.
On 25 May, Commander of 301 Brigade, Abdulssalam Zubi, posted a status on his Facebook page lamenting the splits within the western region armed groups and the lack of a real project within the military and security establishment. He called for the forces to unite and find a clear national project which can unite the nation on one unified front and turns individual armed groups into an organized force.
On 27 May, Abdullah al-Lafi, who represents western Libya in the new Presidential Council (PC), released a statement as the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces for the Presidential Council addressing all Libyan military entities and warning against any unilateral military actions, suggesting that if this was done it would that provoke retaliatory behaviour. The statement noted that such military behaviour included military parades and field operations.
On 29 May, the Libyan National Army (LNA) held a large-scale military parade in Benghazi to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the launching of Operation Dignity. The Government of National Unity (GNU) deputy prime minister Hussain Atiyah al-Qatrani, tribal notables and a number of House of Representatives (HoR) members attended the ceremony. In his speech at the parade, LNA head Khalifa Haftar called for direct presidential elections to be held as part of the national elections planned for December 2021, and warned that if the political process becomes deadlocked, then fighting could be renewed to enforce peace. The LNA had extended invites to Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba, the President of the Presidential Council (PC), Mohammed Menfi, and HoR Speaker, Aqeela Saleh, to attend, but none of them did.