Mishri Warns GNA: “We Have the Power to Put in Motion a Vote of No-Confidence” – Al Marsad

Khaled al-Mishri, who is currently Chairman of the Tripoli-based High Council of State, and a former member of the General National Congress since 2012 and also a member of the Justice and Construction Party, the political branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated that the Council was the highest consultative authority in the country. In his speech at the Council’s session, Mishri said its jurisdiction covers the work of the executive, judicial, oversight and sovereign bodies in Libya, a fact which should be understood by all the Libyan parties according to him.

[Libya, 26 September 2019] – In his opening speech at the Council’s 44th session in Tripoli, which had been previously remained unfinished, Khaled al-Mishri said that the Political Agreement gave the Council the power to implement some procedures such as having a vote of no-confidence for the government, changing the prime minister, and setting the prerogatives of the Commander of Armed Forces and other positions of authority. He said the High Council of State also held the fundamental right to accept or reject governmental projects, referendums, or consultation regarding the constitution.

Mishri also said that the Council was the sole body allowed to correspond with other political bodies in Libya, namely the House of Representatives and the Presidential Council. These bodies, however, broke the Political Agreement and refused to work with the Council, according to him.

Mishri denied having suggested or imposed names in response to the controversy that arose concerning the Presidential Council’s appointment of ambassadors and other diplomatic officials abroad. He said that only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can set the measures for appointing missions and Libyan ambassadors abroad. He said that after the recent controversy, the Council addressed the oversight bodies to investigate the appointments made by the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj. He reaffirmed that the oversight bodies are the ones to decide whether the appointed individuals adhere to the standards. Thus, he argued, it was essential to support these officials, and if it turns out that they are not qualified, the necessary measures should be taken. “All are equal before the law,” he stated.

Mishri insisted that they have no reservations about any of the appointed officials unless the law says otherwise. He also said that the Council did not, and will not, push to assign anyone in the government or in the diplomatic missions. The Council has actually been pushing the government to establish missions in countries in which Libya is not represented.

At the end of his speech, Khaled al-Mishri pointed out that the situation in Libya must make everyone focus on the level of corruption and the waste of resources. He said that the previous National Conference suggested structural reforms in all ministries and embassies and recommended the reduction of staff as embassy salaries are very high, and which makes people try hard to land jobs in diplomatic missions.

In a previous statement obtained by Al Marsad on the 21 September 2019, Mishri claimed that the review of presidential decisions must reflect a consideration of public interest, particularly in light of the current contoversy surrounding the Presidential Council’s recent decision to appoint ambassadors who were loyal to Sarraj, including his personal advisor Taher El Sonni.

© Al Marsad English (2019).

 

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