Al-Mishri Reveals Steps to Downsize the Presidential Council and Replace its Government – Al Marsad

Khaled al-Mishri, Chairman of the consultative High Council of State (HCS), member of the Muslim Brotherhood, said that the forces aligned with the Tripoli-seated Government of National  Accord (GNA) are capable of achieving a decisive military victory in the battle against what he called the “aggression against Tripoli,” in reference to the Libyan National Army troops’ advance to the capital.

[Libya, 4 September 2019] – Al-Mishri said in a press conference on Monday, broadcast by the GNA-aligned and pro-Islamist Libya Al-Ahrar Satellite TV, that the GNA lacks a Minister and an Undersecretary for handling the defense portfolio, and an Intelligence in-Charge to handle the General Intelligence Agency. According to al-Mishri, the two sovereign portfolio vacancies represents a serious flaw that negatively affects the GNA management of the “Battle of Tripoli”. Al-Mishri said that an HCS delegation will meet with Fayez al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), to discuss this issue.

Al-Mishri expressed his surprise that the Presidential Council did not appoint Military Commanders of Military Zones in the areas outside the control of the Tripoli-based Government of National  Accord (GNA), in reference to the military areas of Cyrenaica.

In a separate context, the consultative High Council of State Chairman indicated that it was agreed with the dissident HoR MPs of Tripoli to embark on practical steps to downsize the Presidential Council to a President, two Deputies, and an independent Premier to head a limited government tasked with preparing for holding the elections, providing the necessary services to citizens, and activating oversight institutions.

Al-Mishri also announced that he had sent letters to the African Parliament, the Arab Parliament, the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Member States, the European Parliament, and the United Nations regarding the continued disappearance of the HoR MP, Siham Sergewa, asking them to bring those responsible for abducting Sergewa and assaulting her family to justice, as he put it.
© Al Marsad English (2019).