The Libyan Rebels Are Revealed: Mustafa Abdel Jalil’s Government Of Chance
The BBC says they are the “opposition”.
Canadian TV says the spokesman is one Mustafa Gheriani. Al Jazeera says he’s the spokesman for the “February 17th Coalition, an anti-government group”.
So. What of the Transitional National Council in Benghazi?
And then there is the National Libyan Council:
Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the council based in Benghazi, told a news conference that Gaddafi was using “African mercenaries in Libyan cities” which amounted to an invasion of the oil producing North African nation. We call for specific attacks on strongholds of these mercenaries,” he said, but added: “The presence of any foreign forces on Libyan soil is strongly opposed. There is a big difference between this and strategic air strikes.”
What are the aims of the council?
“The council declares it is the sole representative all over Libya,” former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference…
France has become the first country to recognise the Libyan rebel leadership, the National Libyan Council (NLC), as the country’s legitimate government.
Quryna quoted him as saying that Muammar Gaddafi ‘alone’ bore responsibility ‘for the crimes that have occurred’ in Libya and that his tribe, Gaddadfa, were forgiven.
Jalil picks his allies. As he said:
“I have proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie.”
What makes him think the British are interested? No-one speaks for the 270, least of all a former minister of Gaddafi’s regime. When Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi was released from Scottish jail to die (he lives!), the British position was exposed.
Here’s Jalil’s self-styled biog:
Mustafa Abdul Jalil Fudail was born in the city of Bayda, east Libya in 1952. He graduated from the department of Shari’a and Law in the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies faculty from The Libyan University in 1975. AbdulJalil was appinted assistant to the Secretary of the Public Prosecutor in the city of Al Bayda, then he was appointed a judge in 1978, then a consultant in 1996. In 2002, he was appointed President of the Court Applea, then President of the Court in Al Bayda before being picked as the Jusice minister in 2007 till February 2011 [sic]
Two Others Noted:
2. Mr Mahmood Jibril:
Born in Libya n 1952, obtained a BSc in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University in 1975. Holds a masters’ degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1980. He also obtained a Doctorate in Strategic planning and decision-making from the same university in 1984 where he worked as a professor in the same subject field for several years. So far he has published 10 books in Strategic planning and decision making. He led the team who drafted and formed the Unified Arab Training manual. He was also responsible for organising and administering the first two Training conferences in the Arab world in the years 1987 and 1988. He later took over the management and administration of many of the leaders’ training programs for senior management in Arab countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Britain
3. Mr. Ali Al Issawi
A political and education Libyan who was born in the city of Benghazi in 1966. Has a PhD in pivatisation obtained from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest Romania. He occupied the position of Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment in Libya, and was the youngest minister to fill such a post. Before taking the ministerial position, he founded the Centre for Export Development in 2006 and became the first Director General for it. He also assumed the position of Director General for the Ownership expansion program (privatization fund) in 2005. [sic]
Omar Hariri, one of the officers who took part in Gaddafi’s 1969 coup but was later jailed, was appointed head of the military.
On the Fifth of March the council issued its Charter:
Founding statement of the Interim Transitional National Council
The Interim Transitional National Council (The council) held its first meeting on Saturday 5th of March 2011 in the city of Benghazi, the temporary location, till the liberation of Tripoli the Capital City and the permanent location of The Council.
The Council derives its legitimacy from the city councils who run the liberated cities, and who had been formed by the revolution of the 17th February to fulfil the revolutionary gains in order to achieve their goals. The Council is headed by Mr Mustafa Abdeljeleel and the meeting is attended by:
1. Mr. Othman Suleiman El-Megyrahi (Batnan Area)
2. Mr. Ashour Hamed Bourashed (Darna City)
3. Dr. Abdelallah Moussa El-myehoub (Qouba Area)
4. Mr. Zubiar Ahmed El-Sharif (Representative of the political prisoners)
5. Mr. Ahmed Abduraba Al-Abaar (Benghazi City)
6. Mr.Dr. Fathi Mohamed Baja (Benghazi City)
7. Mr. Abdelhafed Abdelkader Ghoga (Benghazi City)
8. Mr Fathi Tirbil and Dr. Salwa Fawzi El-Deghali (Representative of youth and women)
The council concluded the following:
1. The Council emphasised that the most important role is the one played by the youth. They were the base of foundation of the revolution and the focal power for the Libyan to reach where they stand today to be able to demand the termination of the dictatorial regime.
2. The Council Declares that it is the sole representative of all Libya with its different social and political strata and all its geographical sections. Its membership is open to all Libyans and thus received the members of the following cities: Misurata, Zentan, Zawya, Zwara, ,Nalout, El-Jabel El-Gharbi (West Mountain) Gaat, and Kufra and their names will not be declared for safety reasons till the liberation of all Libya. The council is waiting for the delegations from Tripoli , the south Areas and Middle areas of Libya to join it.
3. The council declares Mr. Omer El-Hariri as its representative of the Military Affairs for Safety and Security of Libya.
4. The Council also declares the information of the Executive Team to administrate the crisis and to deal with currant situations. The function of the Executive Team is to run all foreign matters and to represent the foreign affairs of Libya. It is headed by Dr. Mohamed Jebril Ibrahim El-Werfali and Dr Aziz Al-Eisawi as the reprehensive of the Foreign affairs of Libya. The council declares that there will be more members to the Executive Team to run the main vital sectors of the country after further discussions between the head of the Executive Team and the Council.
The council delegates to Dr. Mohamed Jebril and Dr Ali El-Esawi the right to negotiate and communicate with all members of international communities to accomplish international recognition of all the Council, and both members have the right to take all the necessary measures to reach this goal.
The council affirms that all Libyan delegations to the UN, Arab League, International and regional organizations and members of all the Libyan embassies who joined the revolution are considered legitimate representatives of the Council. The other representatives of the fallen regime should take the above stance.
Finally, even though the balance of power is uneven between the defenceless protestors and the tyrant regime’s mercenaries and private battalions, we will relay on the will of our people for a free and dignified existence. Furthermore, we request from the international community to fulfil its obligations to protect the Libyan people from any further genocide and crimes against humanity without any direct military intervention on Libya soil.
Long live Libya, free and united
The Interim Transitional National Council
5th of March 2011
What else do we know about these rebel leaders? Anyone find anything..?