Al-Mishri: Dbaiba Talks to Ambassadors About Staying for Two and a Half Years – Al Marsad

The Head of the advisory High Council of State and member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Development Party (JCP), Khaled al-Mishri, said that the Council has supported political dialogue from the very beginning.

(Libya, 2 March 2021) – During the opening of the 58th session of the Tripoli-based advisory High Council of State on Monday, Khaled al-Mishri said in his speech: “Unfortunately others were seeing otherwise, and finally now they reached this conviction that dialogue should be between elected legitimate bodies, and not between people who were chosen by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) or others, because they have no legal capacity and do not bear responsibility.”


“However, when we were invited to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) by UNSMIL, we held a session and we had appointed 13 members to go to the dialogue, and we responded to it because of the disruption of the work of the House of Representatives (HoR) and its divisions,” said al-Mishri.

He continued: “In the past, I put forward an initiative, and the first point of the initiative to resolve the crisis was to unite the HoR. If we want to have dialogue between elected legitimate bodies, our partner must be present, which is the HoR. The advisory High Council of State cannot hold dialogue on its own, it participated with 17 members, 13 of whom were nominated by the Council, and the other 4 were selected by UNSMIL.”


He also pointed out that there was recent mention that the Security Council had commissioned experts to review the outcome of the LPDF, because of suspicions of corruption. Al-Mishri said that this issue affected the Council and its members, and stressed his confidence in their integrity.

Moreover, he called on the United Nations to reveal to the Libyan people who paid money and who took it, and if there are indeed suspicions of corruption.

“We saw statements by the proposed Prime Minister saying: We consulted the advisory High Council of State in the formation of the government; but we did not participate with the Prime Minister in forming his government, he did not specifically contact the Council, and we did not ask him to do so,” said al-Mishri.

He explained that “the participation of the Prime Minister [Dbaiba] with the Council was only about the vision of the government, not consultation on the formation of the government.”

He also emphasized that the Council was against the policy of appeasement as well as quotas, and it preferred that it be a small government with experts and with due consideration of geographic distribution.


Moreover, al-Mishri expressed that the Council would support the new government whatever its form happens to be, but that it must proceed according to the agreed roadmap. He warned that Dbaiba had told them and ambassadors that he “needs two and a half years to complete the government’s roadmap.” But al-Mishri argued that this would postpone the scheduled election date next December. He said: “We demand either the roadmap be amended or meet the date of the elections and not exceed it.”

He called on the HoR and its members to prevail in the interest of the homeland because Libya is now going through critical phase, and what is happening now within the HoR was a disruption of political life.

“We were surprised by something that is heart-breaking after suffering and wars, with frequent news about the desire of some HoR members to have ministerial portfolios and sovereign positions in the new government,” he stressed, adding, “the Prime Minister must submit his government as soon as possible with names, and the HoR must meet and give confidence to this government.”


As for the Constitutional dialogue track sponsored by Egypt, he commented: “We thank them for the good reception and availability of possibilities, and their lack of interference in the work of the committee.”

He also said: “According to the members of the committee, the representatives of the Council participating in the constitutional dialogue presented four options: the referendum on the constitution, amendment of the constitutional declaration, adoption of title three of the draft constitution on the system of government as a constitutional rule on which elections can be held, and the compatibility between the HoR and the Council of State on a constitutional basis, and we accepted in principle this proposal.”

WIth regards to sovereign positions, al-Mishri stressed that the State Council had voted and all its members refused the allocation of sovereign positions based on quotas.