State Council Member: Khaled al-Mishri’s Actions Do Not Represent the State Council – Al Marsad

Naji Mukhtar, a member of the consultative High Council of State, said that the single-voice attitude within the Council does not represent all its members and that the national movement categorically rejects the actions of the Council’s Chair Khaled al-Mishri.

(Libya, 26 August 2020) – Naji Mukhtar indicated in an interview with the Russian Sputnik agency that the national movement within the Council supports, both seriously and effectively, the political solution initiative and the unification of state institutions.

He stressed the need to activate the role of southern Libya and its institutions and that he looks forward to Russia’s help in this matter given its strong presence at all levels and in the Libyan scene in particular.

The full interview is here:

Q: How do you see the ceasefire announcement and the call for the resumption of the political track?
The ceasefire is a bold, courageous, and important decision. We, as a consensual national movement within the Council, welcomed the initiative and called for considering it a springboard to unlock the stalemate political path away from the bargains of opportunistic groups and narrow-minded parties in the Libyan scene.

Q: Earlier, under the name of “the national movement”, you demanded the change of the management of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL). Why these demands and what is the national movement in the State Council?
Regarding the CBL’s management, changing and unifying it is a demand supported by all circumstances and evidence. There is no logical reason for this unfortunate administration to remain in office while it only excels in impoverishing people and inside trading in hard currency. Moreover, the proposal of freezing oil revenues in a special account seriously harms the Libyan economy and currency. One of the reasons for this step is its mismanagement and insistence on remaining in office. Therefore, changing the current administration is a national interest for all of Libya.

Q: With regard to the resignations of the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Zawiya, do you think it is a real reconsideration of the situation? Is it possible for the Muslim Brotherhood to have a chance in the next elections?
Muslim Brotherhood is a creed-based group. It obliges whoever joins it to pledge allegiance to obedience and their organizational structure is bizarrely complicated. It is not easy to exit it. It is not a party or a political organization from which one can resign. The step taken by the Muslim Brotherhood members is nothing more than a political maneuver.

Q: How did you evaluate the position of Chancellor Aguila Saleh, especially with regard to the statement on the political initiative and the call for changing the Presidential Council?
Regarding the statement of Aguila Saleh, we welcome the first point of the initiative on the ceasefire. As for his attempt to reconstitute a presidential council, I think that it is an unrealistic demand at the present time.

Q: How do you assess the Russian role in the Libyan crisis? Are there requirements you consider necessary at the present time?
As everyone knows, Russia has a military power and a political presence that enables it to influence the Libyan scene significantly and we hope that this influence will focus on supporting the establishment of the state’s security and service institutions and providing advice to those who hold state positions.

Q: The Libyan south is particularly problematic with regard to the security issue. As you are a representative of the South, how can this crisis be resolved?
As for the Libyan south, especially the southwest, which is the inactive third, we seek to activate it due to its residents’ need for effective institutions to manage their affairs. Then, we need to activate the political role of the south in the establishment of the Libyan state. In doing this, we need Russia’s help, as well as that of the other brotherly and friendly countries.

Q: Why do we hear only one voice from the State Council, namely that of its Chair Khaled al-Mishri? Does the national movement in the Council agree with the proposal of its Chair?
The single voice from within the Council is a real problem because we disagree with Khaled al-Mishri in everything. The fact is that some countries and organizations depict al-Mishri’s statements as if representing the entire State Council, which we deny altogether.

Q: I attended many international conferences on Libya and despite all their calls for a political solution, none has been implemented yet. What are the obstacles that prevent this?
I attended many conferences in my capacity as the First Deputy of the Council, including those in Paris and Palermo, and paid official visits to European and Arab countries. The bargaining of parties and group ambitions are always there and these are the obstacle to implementing any idea or achieving any practical steps.

Q: How do you evaluate the Arab role, especially the neighboring countries, in the Libyan scene?
Concerning the Arab role, we demand and affirm it. Libya cannot exist without the consensus and support of our Arab brothers. Earlier, several members of the State Council in Libya announced that the unification and activation of institutions should not be held to ransom by a single party or bloc.

© A-Marsad English (2020)