Khaled al-Mishri is Guest at a Clubhouse Meeting by a Qatari and a Wanted Islamist Egyptian – Al Marsad

Unlike other Libyan public figures who recently appeared on the Clubhouse platform, the Muslim Brotherhood leader and head of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, marked his first appearance in the chat rooms with  Qatari and and wanted Muslim Brotherhood figures rather than with the Libyan public. 

(LIBYA, 27 June 2021) – A number of leading Libyan politicians and figures have appeared recently on the Clubhouse platform to engage with Libyan activists, journalists, and dialogue coordinators, most notably Hussam al-Gomati. The invited guests have included the Minister of Youth of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Fathallah al-Zani, member of the LPDF, Abdul Majeed Mleigta, the head of the National Forces Alliance, Khaled Al-Marimi, and also presidential candidates such as the head of the Ihya Libya Movement, Aref Nayed.

The discussions allowed to Libyan activists and the public to be able to engagement with Libyan personalities and debate and discuss critical issues facing the country, at a period when such spaces are in short supply. As Libya gears towards elections, the Clubhouse chatrooms are likely to be an important forum for getting to know presidential candidates, government officials and leading personalities and to encourage honest debate.

ENTER KHALED AL-MISHRI

Khaled al-Mishri’s first appearance on Cloubhouse was in a chatroom managed by the Qatari journalist Jaber bin Nasser (who is close to the Amiri Diwan in Qatar), and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood fugitive from Egypt, Ahmed Al-Baqari (the Vice President of the Egyptian Students Union during Morsi’s rule and a member of what was known as the Revolutionary Council, and currently living in Qatar). Al-Baqari was also for a short period of time with the dialogue department of the media advisor to President Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, who also participated in the chatroom discussion.

Participants in the dialogue with Khaled al-Mishri on Clubhouse.

 

The Clubhouse meeting with of the pro-Turkey loyalist Khaled al-Mishri was also attended by Yasser Abu Hilala, the former director of Al Jazeera, who insulted everyone who he thought was outside the “revolutionary trend,” and Noureddine Kurban, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Development Party in Morocco. Ahmed Khalifa, the Al Jazeera correspondent and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ahmad Khalifa who was moderating the questions from participants.

Al-Mishri spoke of his group’s refusal to accept the results of the upcoming December elections if they were not in their interest, even if that meant using force. He also described the terrorist Wissam bin Hamid as a “hero and martyr”. He spoke in a divisive language, breaking up Libyan society into narrow groups. Mishri also desperately defended the governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), Siddik al-Kabir, and tried to justify the reasons for Kabir’s closure of the financial exchange between the banks in the eastern region on the pretext that it was “financing Haftar.”

During the Clubhouse session both the chatroom admins, the dialogue directors, Jaber bin Nasser and Ahmed Al-Baqari also spoke on the Libyan issue. One of them described the killing of the late Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi as “God having helped the Libyans to behead Gaddafi.” The Qatari Jaber bin Nasser tried to use al-Mishri to settle the dispute with the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, while Al-Mishri was silent and listening until his time came to intervene and raised no objection.

The session with al-Mishri provoked a strong reaction from Libyan activists and dissatisfaction with the Clubhouse meeting because of the way the dialogue was conducted. The reactions were aggravated by the two admins—the Qatari journalist and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member—for strategically selecting who would speak, while issuing judgments on who was a patriot and who was not.

Khaled al-Mishri, whole putting out statements that he was considering running for the Presidential elections has also been attempting to sabotage the December elections, claiming that he was more popular than most candidates, even in the east.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)