Ahmad Mahir Pasha

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Statue of Prime Minister Ahmed Mahir Pasha in Cairo, 21 March 2014 photo by: Ahmed Hamed
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Ahmed Mahir Pasha (1888 – 24 February 1945) (Arabic: أحمد ماهر باشا‎) was the Prime Minister of Egypt from 10 October 1944 to 24 February 1945. He was a member of the Saadist Institutional Party and was appointed Prime Minister following the removal of Mustafa an-Nahhas Pasha by King Farouk.

After assuming power he called for new elections and opposed the candidacies of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, against whom he had declared a fatwa. All Muslim Brotherhood members were defeated in what were widely considered to be unfair elections.[citation needed] Mahir then declared war against the Axis Powers in World War II, primarily to gain a diplomatic advantage at the end of the war (which was seen as imminent). Immediately after his announcement, Mahir was assassinated at parliament by 28-year-old Mahmoud Elessawy. Although it was assumed that Essawy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he later confessed that he was actually a member of the Wafd Party instead.

Ahmed Mahir Pasha was the grandfather of Ahmed Mahir, Egypt's Foreign Minister from 2001 to 2004, as well as Ambassador Ali Mahir.


Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa an-Nahhas Pasha
Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Mahmoud an-Nukrashi Pasha