Ahmed Maiteeq

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Ahmed Omar Maiteeq
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Vice Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya
Assumed office
30 March 2016
PresidentFayez al-Sarraj
Preceded byImhemed Shaib & Ahmed Huma (Deputy Presidents of
the House of Representatives)
Deputy Prime Minister of Libya
Assumed office
5 April 2016[1]
Prime MinisterFayez al-Sarraj
Prime Minister of Libya
In office
25 May 2014 – 9 June 2014
PresidentNouri Abusahmain
Preceded byAbdullah al-Thani
Succeeded byAbdullah al-Thani
Personal details
Born1972
Tripoli, Libya
*Maiteeq's term was disputed by Abdullah al-Thani.

Ahmed Omar Maiteeq is a Libyan businessman and politician, originally from Misrata, who was elected Prime Minister of Libya in May 2014.[2] His election as prime minister took place under disputed circumstances. The Justice Ministry decided on 29 May that Maiteeq was not the Prime Minister due to voting procedural issue occurred when the First Deputy of GNC left the session without valid reason. The Libyan Supreme Court was expected to issue a verdict on 5 June 2014 regarding the election of Maiteeq,[3] although it indicated on that day that it believed that the appointment of Maiteeq was invalid, the court stated that appeals should be heard and delayed a final ruling until 9 June.[4] The court ruled on 9 June that Maiteeq appointment was invalid; Abdullah al-Thani is expected to stay on as prime minister.[5] Maiteeq submitted his resignation voluntarily in same day.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Born into a prominent family of Turkish origin,[7] Maiteeq was born on 1972 in Tripoli, Libya. His father held a number of high offices during the monarchical period prior to the Gaddafi regime. Maiteeq is a cousin to the controversial GNC representative from Misrata, Abdulrahman Asswehly. He was also the grandson of the Libyan freedom fighter, Ramadan Asswehly. He obtained degrees in economy and business management from a university in London.[8]

2011 civil war[edit]

During the Libyan Civil War, he took part in the fighting in Misrata and the liberation of Tripoli. He was a member of the Chamber for the Liberation of Tripoli during the conflict and a member of the Tripoli Development and Stability Council after the fall of the regime.

Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister[edit]

Following Acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's call that he would resign on 13 April for an alleged attack on his family, he was persuaded to stay on till a new leader was elected.[9] The first day of voting on 28 April was disrupted by armed men firing in parliament.[10] In a voting session at the General National Congress that was described by Al Jazeera English as "chaotic," Maiteeq was elected, and took the oath, "I swear I will carry out my duties honestly and in devotion." Later MP Fathi al-Majbari told Libyan television station Al-Ahrar: "There are violations in today's session" and that a certain alteration of the votes had occurred after the session was adjourned."[11] Ultimately in the days that followed, the Libyan Supreme Court ruled that the election of Maiteeq had been invalid, and the previous Prime Minister, al-Thani, agreed to return to office.

al-Thani, had earlier signed an agreement with those holding the smaller oil export terminals of Hariga and Zueitina, those holding the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals refused to recognise Maiteeq. Spokesman Ali Hasi said: "Maiteeq came to power illegally."[12]

Maiteeq identifies as an independent and as not affiliated to any political party or movement.[13]

In March 2016, he became Deputy Prime minister[14] and Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Council.[15] In March 2017, he had a meeting in Moscow with the Special Representative of the President of Russia for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, where they discussed the ongoing Libyan crisis and solutions for resolving the conflict, including the possibility of negotiations between the GNA and the Tobruk-based Council of Deputies.[16][17]

Family[edit]

He is married and has four children.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Countries L". rulers.org. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Libyan parliament elects new PM". Al Jazeera. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Breaking news: Thinni travels to Benghazi". Libya Herald. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Supreme Court sees Maetig appointment at illegal but postpones final decision until 9 June". Libya Herald. 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Libya PM's election declared unconstitutional". Al Jazeera. 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Maetig accepts Supreme Court ruling and resigns". Libya Herald. 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. ^ Tastekin, Fehim (2019). "Are Libyan Turks Ankara's Trojan horse?". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Libya's new prime minister". 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ Frizell, Sam (13 April 2014). "Libya PM Quits, Says He Was Targeted in Armed Attack". Time. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Libya appoints Ahmed Maitig as new prime minister". BBC. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Confusion surrounds Libya PM's election". Al Jazeera. 5 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Libyan rebels refuse to deal with new PM". Al Jazeera. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  13. ^ "رئيس الوزراء الليبي المكلف: لا أنتمي لأي تيار سياسي لا إسلامي ولا غيره (Libyan Prime Minister-designate: I do not belong to any political movement not an Islamic or any other)". Al Masry Al Youm (in Arabic). 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  14. ^ "New divisions come forth as rival parliaments unite against 'imposed' Libya government". MaltaToday.com.mt. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ О встрече спецпредставителя Президента Российской Федерации по Ближнему Востоку и странам Африки, заместителя Министра иностранных дел России М.Л.Богданова с Вице-премьером Правительства национального согласия Ливии А.Майтигом | On the meeting of Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and countries of Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia M.L. Bogdanov with Vice-Premier of the Government of National Accord of Libya, A. Maiteeq Archived 3 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine. 2 March 2017. Russian Foreign Ministry.
  17. ^ Russia urges 'national dialogue' at Libya PM meeting Archived 2 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Yahoo News. Published 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdullah al-Thani
Prime Minister of Libya
2014
Succeeded by
Abdullah al-Thani