Ahmad Mahir Pasha

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Portrrait of Ahmad Mahir Pasha

Ahmed Maher 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. Maher 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, Maher 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.

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


Political offices
Preceded by
Mostafa en-Nahhas Pasha
Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Mahmoud en-Nokrashy Pasha