Ahmad Maher Pasha

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Ahmad 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 El Essawy. It is assumed that Essawy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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


  • "War & Death". Time Magazine. 5 March 1945. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  • "Egyptian Premier Slain in Chamber". The New York Times, 25 February 1945.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mostafa en-Nahhas Pasha
Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Mahmoud en-Nokrashy Pasha