Mahmud Sulayman al-Maghribi

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Mahmood Suleiman Maghribi
محمود سليمان المغربي
Prime Minister of Libya
In office
8 September 1969 – 16 January 1970
Preceded by Wanis al-Qaddafi
Succeeded by Muammar Gaddafi
Personal details
Born (1935-11-29)29 November 1935
Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine
Died 17 July 2009(2009-07-17) (aged 73)
Damascus, Syria

Mahmood Suleiman Maghribi (Arabic: محمود سليمان المغربي‎) (29 November 1935 - 17 July 2009) was Prime Minister of Libya from 8 September 1969 to 16 January 1970.[1]


Maghribi, who was born and raised in Haifa before moving to Syria in 1948, was the first prime minister of Libya after the revolution in 1969. He later represented Libya at the United Nations from 1970 before moving to London as Libyan ambassador to the UK. He left the embassy in October 1976, but remained in London working as a legal consultant. He retired to Damascus in 2008.

He co-founded 'the Children of Palestine' in Syria in 1950[citation needed]. The organisation fought for and won the rights of Palestinians in Syria[citation needed] and his fondness of Syria and belief in pan-Arab unity remained strong throughout his life.

Maghribi worked within the ministry of education in Qatar while studying Law at Damascus University before gaining his PhD in Petroleum law at George Washington University in the United States. From there he moved to Libya and initiated a strike among the country’s petroleum workers in 1967 against foreign exploitation of Libyan resources, for which he was sentenced to four year imprisonment and stripped of his Libyan nationality.

He died on 17 July 2009, survived by his wife, three daughters and a granddaughter.


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