Libya-People: Abdullah al-Thani

Abdullah al-Thani
Abdullah al-Thani.jpg
25th Prime Minister of Libya
Assumed office
11 March 2014*
Acting: 11 March 2014 – 8 April 2014
PresidentNouri Abusahmain
Abu Bakr Baira (Acting)
Aguila Saleh Issa
Preceded byAli Zeidan
Personal details
Born (1954-01-07) January 7, 1954 (age 65)[1]
Kano, British Nigeria
Political partyIndependent
Alma materBenghazi Military University Academy
*Thinni's premiership was disputed from 6 September 2014, first by Omar al-Hassi, by Khalifa al-Ghawi, and then by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Abdullah al-Thinni (Arabic: عبد الله الثني‎  Libyan pronunciation: [ʕæbˈdɑllɑ tˈtini, -ˈθæni]) is a Libyan politician who became Prime Minister of Libya on 11 March 2014, when he took over in an interim capacity after Congress dismissed Ali Zeidan.[2] He was previously the defence minister in the government of Ali Zeidan.[3] Fayez al-Sarraj is the internationally recognised prime minister and considered to be the legitimate government of Libya.[4]

He is not related to Qatar’s ruling House of Al Thani, despite the same surname with members of the House.

Prime Minister

In April 2014, al-Thani negotiated the reopening of two out of four oil ports seized by rebels.[5] Also, after he threatened to resign, the Congress officially confirmed him as prime minister in a permanent capacity and vested him with greater powers to deal with Libya's problems.[2]

However, al-Thani submitted his resignation as prime minister of the interim government on 13 April 2014, although he was asked to stay on as a caretaker until the election of a successor.[6] Ahmed Maiteeq was eventually elected as the new prime minister, but Maiteeq's election was voided on 9 June and al-Thani was reinstated as caretaker.[7]

After the election of a Council of Deputies to govern Libya, al-Thani attended the opening ceremony of the new parliament in Tobruk on 4 August 2014.[8] He and his cabinet again resigned on 29 August 2014,[9] citing a need to give the controversial new parliament a chance to choose a new, inclusive government[10] after Islamist lawmakers convened a new meeting of the General National Congress in Tripoli and declared al-Thani dismissed, although he defended the elected Council of Deputies as "the only legitimate authority in the country".[11] The next week, however, the Tobruk-based lawmakers reappointed al-Thani as prime minister and tasked him with forming a "crisis government".[12]

With Libya sliding into civil war between the two rival governments, al-Thani ordered General Khalifa Haftar to "liberate" Tripoli in October 2014.[13] In March 2015, following the start of a military intervention in support of the internationally recognised government in Yemen, al-Thani compared the situation in his country to the situation in Yemen and said Libya would call on the Arab League to "restore legitimacy".[14]

On 26 May 2015 he survived an assassination attempt when gunmen fired on his convoy in Tobruk.[15]

Abdullah al-Thani offered to resign as Prime Minister on 11 August 2015, over a year into the Second Libyan Civil War, saying his "exit is the solution."[16]


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  2. ^ a b "Al-Thinni officially appointed PM, new government within a week". Libya Herald. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Libya Swears in New Defense Minister". Project on Middle East Democracy. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
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  5. ^ "Libyan rebels agree to reopen two oil terminals after deal". BBC. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ Frizell, Sam (13 April 2014). "Libya PM Quits, Says He was Targeted in Armed Attack". Time. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Libya PM's election declared unconstitutional". Al Jazeera. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  8. ^ Abdallah, Kamel (7 August 2014). "Libyan parliament convenes". Al-Ahram Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Libya government resigns to allow new cabinet". Al Jazeera English. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  10. ^ Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni resigns BBC. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Libya government resigns after Islamists restart GNC". Deutsche Welle. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni re-appointed". ENCA. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Libya orders army to advance on capital". Al Arabiya. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Libya: premier, we will seek Arab intervention like Yemen". ANSAmed. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  15. ^ Jomana Karadsheh and Michael Martinez (26 May 2015). "Libyan Prime Minister survives assassination attempt". CNN. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Zeidan
Prime Minister of Libya


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