Ahmed Maiteeq

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Ahmed Omar Maiteeq
Prime Minister of Libya
In office
25 May 2014 – 9 June 2014
President Nouri Abusahmain
Preceded by Abdullah al-Thani
Succeeded by Abdullah al-Thani
Personal details
Born Libya

Ahmed Omar Maiteeq is a Libyan businessman and politician, originally from Misrata, who was elected Prime Minister of Libya in May 2014.[1] His election as prime minister took place under disputed circumstances. Maiteeq's election has been backed by the Congress President, himself an Islamist, Nouri Abusahmain - however the deputy speaker called it illegitimate. The Justice Ministry decided on 29 May that Maiteeq was not the Prime Minister and that his predecessor, Abdullah al-Thani, was to continue to lead Libya.[2] The Libyan Supreme Court was expected to issue a verdict on 5 June 2014 regarding the election of Maiteeq,[3] although it indicated on that day that it believed that the appointment of Maiteeq was illegal, the court stated that appeals should be heard and delayed a final ruling until 9 June.[4] The court ruled on 9 June that Maiteeq's appointment was illegal; Abdullah al-Thani is expected to stay on as prime minister.[5] Maiteeq resigned the same day.[6]

Prime Minister[edit]

Following Acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's call that he would resign on 13 April for an alleged attack on his family, he was persuaded to stay on till a new leader was elected.[7] The first day of voting on 28 April was disrupted by armed men firing in parliament.[8] In a voting session at the General National Congress that was described by Al Jazeera English as "chaotic," Maiteeq was declared by some to have been elected, and himself declared that, "I swear I will carry out my duties honestly and in devotion." Later MP Fatma al-Majbari told Libyan television station Al-Ahrar: "There are violations in today's session" and that a certain alteration of the votes had occurred after the session was adjourned. The First Deputy Speaker Ezzedin al-Awami insisted that Maiteeq had not been elected and had instructed Abdullah al-Thinni to continue in his role. He gave as a reason that there was a failure "to reach the quorum of 120 votes necessary according to the law."[9] Ultimately in the days that followed, the Libyan Supreme Court ruled that the election of Maiteeq had been invalid, and the previous Prime Minister, al-Thani, agreed to return to office.

al-Thani, had earlier signed an agreement with those holding the smaller oil export terminals of Hariga and Zueitina, those holding the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals refused to recognise Maiteeq. Spokesman Ali Hasi said: "Maiteeq came to power illegally."[10]

Political views[edit]

Maiteeq has been described as "Islamist-backed".[11] However he says he is an independent and is not affiliated to any political party or movement.[12]


  1. ^ "Libyan parliament elects new PM". Al Jazeera English. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Thinni vows to stay on". Libya Herald. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Breaking news: Thinni travels to Benghazi". Libya Herald. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Supreme Court sees Maetig appointment at illegal but postpones final decision until 9 June". Libya Herald. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Libya PM's election declared unconstitutional". Al Jazeera English. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Maetig accepts Supreme Court ruling and resigns". Libya Herald. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Frizell, Sam (13 April 2014). "Libya PM Quits, Says He Was Targeted in Armed Attack". Time. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Libya appoints Ahmed Maitig as new prime minister". BBC. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Confusion surrounds Libya PM's election". Al Jazeera English. 5 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Libyan rebels refuse to deal with new PM". Aljazeera. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Islamist-backed businessman named Libya’s PM". Business Standard. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "رئيس الوزراء الليبي المكلف: لا أنتمي لأي تيار سياسي لا إسلامي ولا غيره (Libyan Prime Minister-designate: I do not belong to any political movement not an Islamic or any other)". Al Masry Al Youm (in Arabic). 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdullah al-Thani
Prime Minister of Libya

Succeeded by
Abdullah al-Thani