By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 5 October 2015:
Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood has elected a new leader. He is Ahmed Abdullah Al-Suqi, from Benghazi although . . .[restrict]his family is originally comes from Misrata. He replaces Bashir Kubti, also from Misrata, who was appointed the organisation’s official head during a conference in Benghazi in 2011.
The decision was made at the Brotherhood’s 10th Conference in Istanbul, now the Brotherhood’s international base and preferred present base for many Libyan Brotherhood members.
The media were not invited to or even made aware of the conference.
Kupti, the only publicly designated official in the otherwise secretive organisation, announced the change on his Facebook page although the Brotherhood also issued a short statement about the new appointment. In it, it also said it supported the UN-brokered Libya Dialogue and wanted peace in the country.
Although Suqi has been chosen as official leader, the man widely seen as the Brotherhood’s real mentor – political, intellectual and spiritual – is Ali Salabi. The organisation also operates through its political arm, the Justice and Construction Party, led by Mohamed Sawan.
Sawan has publicly supported the Dialogue and attended the initialing of the Draft
In a short statement about the new appointment, the Brotherhood also said it supported the UN-brokered Libya Dialogue and wanted peace in the country. [/restrict]