Al-Mishri During Istanbul Visit Calls for Greater Bilateral Relations Between Libya and Turkey – Al Marsad

Head of the advisory High Council of State and member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party (JCP), Khaled Al-Mishri, met with the Speaker of the Turkish National Assembly, Mustafa Şentop, in Istanbul on Thursday.

(LIBYA, 28 May 2021) – According to the press office of the State Council, Khaled al-Mishri and Mustafa Şentop discussed coordination and cooperation between the advisory State Council and the Turkish National Assembly and a number of issues of common interest between Libya and Turkey.

AL-MISHRI WANTS MORE TURKISH SUPPORT

AL-Misri thanked Ankara for its support and said, “If Turkey had not sided with Libya, we would have been talking about mass murders and graves in Tripoli, not about the elections.” According to the Daily Sabah, he also claimed that “Libyan nation desires the continuation of Turkey’s support of their country.”

There is no indication from the reports to confirm if Khaled al-Mishri took the opportunity during his meeting with Şentop to raise the issue of the departure of Turkish forces and its Syrian mercenaries as required by the Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, the UN Security Council and the international community.

The Libyan Islamist leader presented to Şentop a photo of the second session of the Libyan Parliament on 19 November 1952, which included greetings from the Turkish Parliament to the Libyan Parliament, which according to Mishri’s office, was the first congratulatory cable the latter received after the independence of Libya.

Khaled al-Mishri giving a gift to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Şentop in Istanbul.

THE BALLOT BOX: PRESSURE OF NO PRESSURE?

On his part, Mustafa Şentop said at the meeting that the Libyan nation is “going to the ballot box without any pressure, and the reflection of their free will on the election results will, of course, be a turning point for the future of Libya.”

Şentop was perhaps unaware of the efforts by al-Mishri and his State Council members to derail the elections which are scheduled for this December by insisting suddenly on a referendum on the constitutions.

At the LPDF session which finished yesterday, several members were vocal about the tactics used by the Muslim Brotherhood and their State Council members to rig democracy by going against direct Presidential elections, and thereby against the overwhelming wishes of the public.

Last night a joint statement was issued by a coalition of 12 leading Libyan civil democratic movements and parties, who called on UNSMIL to take urgent action against those—implying the Muslim Brotherhood and its State Council members and allies— who wish to obstruct free, direct and inclusive Presidential and Parliamentary elections in December.

MISHRI’S DOUBLE GAME

Al-Mishri continues to play a double game with the Libyan public and the international community. This week he indicated that he may be running for the elections as  Presidential candidate and made the claim that he could defeat Haftar, which goes against evidence by any ad hoc polls conducted recently on social media.

However, whilst extolling his support for elections, al-Mishri has been leading a campaign to insist that the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) conduct a referendum on the the constitution, in what is a strategic about turn designed to delay elections given that in 2018 he was against such a referendum.

The Muslim Brotherhood member Khaled al-Mishr, who hails from Zawiya and has excellent links with UN-sanctioned criminals UN-sanctioned Mohammed Kachlaf (al-Kassab) among others, is among the Islamist leaders in Libya who are nervous about what direct Presidential elections could mean for the future of Islamism in Libya and its control on the joints of the state.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

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