The Advisory State Council’s Khaled Mishri Condemns Egypt and Calls for the House of Representatives to be Dissolved – Al Marsad

The consultative High Council of State condemned the statement issued last week by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on “Egypt’s vision for a comprehensive settlement in Libya,” considering it interference in Libyan affairs. 

[Libya, 15 August 2019] – The Tripoli-based High Council of State, whose chairman is the Muslim Brotherhood member Khaled al-Mishri, denounced in a statement the confirmation of the Egyptian statement that the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) is the only institution that was elected by the Libyan people, and that it is the only entrusted body to ratify any roadmap for the country.

The State Council’s statement considered this Egyptian assertion as a clear distortion of reality and a clear violation of all the agreements recognized by the United Nations and the Security Council, which stipulate that the Libyan House of Representatives “at its best” is one of the three internationally-recognized bodies, according to the statement.

The statement by the consultative Tripoli-based High Council of State said: “The High Council of State deplores these statements, which are further evidence of the Egyptian government’s insistence on disrupting the situation in Libya, and reminds that the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (in 2014) declared the Libyan House of Representatives illegal and unconstitutional; besides, theHouse of Representatives has no longer any mandate after the expiration of its tenure according to the Constitutional Declaration, and it is also considered as non-existent because it was not one of the signatories of the Libyan Political Agreement, with the exception of the Libyan House of Representatives in Tripoli, which derives its legitimacy from the Libyan Political Agreement.” The latter point was in reference to the dissident House of Representatives members who convened at the Tripoli Rixos Hotel a few weeks ago, including senior Muslim Brotherhood member, Saad Aljazwi.

In apparent contradiction, the consultative High Council of State claimed that it is a body that came into existence from another body that was elected by more than sixty percent of Libyans, in reference to the defunct General National Congress (GNC). The GNC was described by many as an infamous, notorious and dissolved entity, which reconvened after Operation Libya Dawn that took over the Libyan capital by the force of arms until the issuance of the aforementioned court ruling. The verdict came in the wake of an appeal that was submitted to the court by a senior leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, Khaled al-Mishri, the current chairman of the State Council, before the GNC entered into dissent among its members who turned against it, and against each other, and which led to the creation of the High Council of State, which convened in violation of the Libyan Political Agreement.

“We have made all concessions for the sake of consensus among the Libyans, starting with the participation of the General National Congress in the political dialogue sessions, then the signing of the final agreement in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, to the effective participation of the High Council of State in all international conferences that would contribute to finding a solution to the crisis in Libya, such as Paris and Palermo, and to fulfil all its constitutional duties, and to fulfill all its obligations in accordance with these agreements.”

The advisory High Council of State expressed its utter rejection of the Egyptian statements, which it said was tantamount to interference in the distribution of wealth and spending, ignoring that this issue was originally mentioned in the Libyan Political Agreement, just as the issue of the need to disband the militias and the implementation of security arrangements.

The HCS statement considered that these are internal issues belonging to Libyans alone, calling on the Egyptian government to “abide by the relevant Security Council resolutions, and refrain from violating them by supporting parties in Libya and supplying them with weapons.” Mishri also called on the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to take a strong position to put an end to what he called “blatant interferences in Libya’s affairs”.

Interestingly, in yet another blatant contradiction, Khaled al-Mishri had earlier criticised Cairo for its refusal to participate in the by the quintet to support the truce in Tripoli at a time when he, himself, had rejected the truce. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry later issued a statement in which it stressed the importance of the truce and initiating an inclusive settlement process in Libya based on addressing all fundamental issues in a comprehensive way, including the disbanding of militias, and achieving justice while distributing resources among the Libyans, to be one of the reasons for stability according to the provisions of the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement.

The pronouncements of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Khaled al-Mishri, the overextension of the activities of the High Council of State beyond its consultative status, and its continued existence remain a conundrum.

 

@ Al Marsad English. 2019