The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, announced in a televised statement on Saturday what he described as his “withdrawal” from the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.
Al-Mishri began his statement by praising the Brotherhood and its “process of internal reform in line with the political developments after intellectual and practical reviews.”
He then announced his withdrawal from the Brotherhood while continuing his “political and party work”.
“I declare my resignation and my withdrawal from the Muslim Brotherhood while continuing my political and party work and maintaining all the respect and admiration for all members of the group.” Al-Mishri said.
He did not provide a specific reason for his decision. Instead, he called on the Libyan people to work with one another beyond “any slogans or names that may be used to strike the unity and cohesion of Libyan society”.
Notably, Al-Mishri’s announcement came just three days after the Brotherhood’s Libyan members held a a closed meeting chaired by one of its leading figures, Ali al-Sallabi, in Turkey.
During the meeting, Al-Sallabi spoke of divisions within the Brotherhood which led to various resignations. Members also discussed their roles in the media to influence public opinion.
This comes as the Brotherhood lost effective control in the eastern and southern region of Libya. The Brotherhood is also being ostracized in the Arab region and even internationally with many countries listing the Brotherhood as a designated terrorist group, including Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kazakhstan.