Al-Mishri: UN Mission and the Electoral Commission Ignores Constitution to Support Haftar – Al Marsad

In his recent participation in a Clubhouse session organised by a Qatari journalist and a wanted Egyptian Islamist, the Muslim Brotherhood’s head of the State Council Khaled al-Mishri described terrorist the Wissam bin Hamid who had been killed by the Libyan National Army, as a “hero and martyr”. He also said that had it not been for the interference of Ahmed Maitiq, the GNA militias (what he called the “Libyan Army”) would have taken Sirte and al-Jufra. We go over here some of the key and colourful allegations made by al-Mishri during his Clubhouse meeting, which have alarmed the Libyan public.

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

ON SAIF AL-ISLAM

(LIBYA, 27 June 2021) – Khaled al-Mishri, who is loyal to Turkey and Qatar and currently the head of the State Council, explained during his participation in a discussion panel on Clubhouse, that he communicated with people who met with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and that he had proof that he was alive and free.

ON AHMED MAITIQ

He said the former Vice President of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maitiq, had failed everyone with his peace initiatives. Al-Mishri said that if it had it not been for Maitiq interference, the “Libyan Army” (meaning GNA militias) would have been able to control the cities of Sirte and al-Jufra. He alleged that Khalifa Haftar (The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces) was abandoned by the international powers, most notably Russia and Egypt.

ON WISSAM BIN HAMID

He described the terrorist Wissam bin Hamid, who was killed by the Libyan National Army (LNA), as a “hero and martyr”. Wissam Bin Hamid was the leader of the terrorist Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries and was affiliated to ISIS.

ON FIELD MARSHAL HAFTAR

Al-Mishri claimed that [Field Marshal] Haftar was trying to play the constitutional base card to run for presidential elections, and that he says, during his meetings with the officials, that the draft constitution will never be passed. He also claimed that Haftar’s “attack on the South” (the announcement by the LNA General Command of a security operation in the south to pursue ISIS elements) was because of his son Saddam, who was involved with dangerous groups smuggling drugs, people, oil and gold.

ON SIDDIK AL-KABIR AND THE CBL

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.”

He claimed that the militias aligned with Haftar were out of his control, so he directed his soldiers to attack them, even though he had created them. He further claimed that Haftar does not want to submit to the civil state and wants to subjugate all legislative and financial institutions to him, including the Central Bank of Libya (CBL).

He continued to allege that the State Council had previously rejected attempts to appoint a new governor of the CBL because the latter strongly supports Haftar, noting that he tried to reach out to the Speaker of House of Representatives (HoR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh, and that he would go to Tobruk, but he did not obtain any response from them.

ON SOVEREIGN POSTS

According to Al-Mishri, the dispute between the State Council and the HoR on the sovereign positions is related to the terms of the candidacy, because the political agreement stipulated the need to find common ground for the appointment of these positions, and Chancellor Saleh rejected the conditions set by the Parliament.

ON REJECTING ELECTION RESULTS

Mishri also warned that he would not accept the elections results of the upcoming December elections if they were not in their interest, even if that meant using force.

 

ON MILITARY “UNIFICATION”

He said that the terms of the political agreement are one and cannot be divided and that there is a term related to the unification of the military institution, but State Council objects to the word “unification” because it would mean the inclusion of what he described as “Haftar’s militias” [the Libyan National Army] within the framework of what he cals the “Libyan army”.

ON THE UN MISSION

Al-Mishri hinted at doubts about the actions of the UN mission, because he said it continues to ignore any talk about the constitution in cooperation with the HoR and the head of the Electoral Commission (HNEC), Emad al-Sayeh, in support of Haftar’s opinion which rejects the constitution.

ON TURKISH FORCES 

Regarding the Turkish military presence in Libya, al-Mishri said that the regular Turkish forces are present in clear and well-known places in Libya, and that it was not permissible to compare them with African and Wagner mercenaries.

ON THE GNU

He also criticized the composition of the Government of National Unity (GNU), because it had only two people from the “revolutionary party”, while the rest he claimed belonged to the party of the former regime.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)