Idris bin Abdullah al-Senussi

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Prince Idris al-Senussi
Born (1957-01-18) 18 January 1957 (age 62)
Title(s)Prince (Sayyid)
Throne(s) claimedLibya
Monarchy abolished1 September 1969
Last monarchIdris
Connection withDescendant of the Royal Libyan Family
Royal HouseSenussi
FatherSayyid Prince Abdullah al-Abid al-Senussi
MotherPrincess Ghalia bint Nur Saleh
SpouseCindy Heles
Princess Ana María Quiñones
ChildrenPrincess Alia al-Senussi and Prince Khaled al-Senussi

Prince Idris bin Abdullah al-Senussi (born 18 January 1957) is a member of the Libyan Royal family and a leader of the Sanussiyyah movement.[1] While Libya’s royal family was under house arrest after Gaddafi overthrew their rule, Prince Idris al-Senussi began working on leading the royal family and uniting Libya, as this role was passed onto him by his late father.

The position of heir to the throne is also claimed by his cousin Prince Mohammed El Senussi, the son and designated heir of the last Libyan Crown Prince.

Prince Idris al-Senussi has called for Libyans of all different factions and tribes to meet, discuss and mutually agree on the future and leadership of Libya, as he supports the unity of Libya.

Prince Idris al Senussi has been playing a diplomatic role to help balance the differences between Libya and Africa, the Arab World, Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia.

Prince Idris al-Senussi returned to Libya on 23 December 2011 and stated he was not there to be active in politics or campaigning for the monarchy, but to work towards peace and unity in Libya. He returned to Libya in December 2011 with his cousin, Prince Ahmed Zubair Al-Senussi.

Early life[edit]

Prince Idris Al-Senussi was born in Benghazi, the third son of Prince (Sayyid) Abdullah al-Abid al-Senussi (1919–88) and his second wife Princess Ghalia bint Nur Saleh. His father's third wife was a daughter of Crown Prince Muhammad al-Rida, the brother of King Idris. Prince Idris was twelve years old when, on 1 September 1969, the monarchy in Libya was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi.

At the time of the coup, Prince Idris al-Senussi was at school in England with his brothers. They found out about the end of monarchy after a phone call from their father.[2]

Prince Idris al-Senussi attended the Brummana High School in Lebanon,[1] as well as attending St. Stephen's International School, Rome.

Prince Idris al Senussi later attended several private executive and leadership courses.


The al-Senussi Family[edit]

Libyan royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Libya (1951-1969)
  • HRH The Crown Prince
  • HRH Prince al-Mahdi
    • HRH Prince Idris
  • HRH Princess Fatima
  • HRH Princess Faiza
  • HRH Prince Khalid
  • HRH Prince Ayman
  • HRH Prince Ashraf
  • HRH Prince Jalal
  • HRH Princess Amal
  • HRH Prince Saif

Prince Idris Al-Senussi is supported by an Advisory Council (the Senussi royal family allows polygamy, which is "a factor that complicates all claims of royal legitimacy through descent")[3] the head the Sanussiyyah movement which embraces the majority of Libyan tribes.

Addressing Controversies in Libya[edit]

In 1991, the New York Times published an article stating that al-Senussi would take control of a 400-man strong dissident Libyan paramilitary force that had received training from American intelligence, to fight against injustice in Libya.[4]

Prince Idris al-Senussi’s new role post Gaddaffi era is working for peace and unity to reign in Libya, amongst all the different factions and tribes in Libya.

Prince Idris al-Senussi has become a respected expert, offering strategic solutions, in helping to solve controversial issues concerning Libya, example, addressing controversial immigration issues, illegal outflow of arms from Libya into other African countries and solutions for internal conflict resolution in Libya.

In summary, people of different Libyan tribes and factions, also, global decision making principals, consider Prince Idris al-Senussi, as a leading mediating symbol of peace and unity in Libya.

Prince Idris al-Senussi is also working on a master plan and an economic development blueprint for the reconstruction of Libya.


In the early 1990s, Prince Idris el-Senussi lobbied to convince the British government to recognize him as the legitimate heir to the King of Libya. Forty-one MPs signed a motion that described Idris as a "great nephew of the late King Idris of Libya and heir presumptive of the Libyan throne."

During the 2011 Libyan civil war al-Senussi announced he was "ready to return to Libya".[5] On 21 February 2011 he made an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight to discuss the uprising.[6] In March 2011 it was reported Prince Idris had held meetings at the State Department and Congress in Washington with US government officials to work towards peace and leadership issues in Libya. It was also reported attempts at contact had been initiated by French and Saudi officials over peace and leadership issues.[7] In March 2011, when asked if he was the rightful heir, Prince Idris said a family council would decide who would be king, not an heir, and that his father had passed on to him the task of maintaining the legitimacy of the monarchy and the unity of Libya.[8][9]

It was reported in December 2011 that Prince Idris had flown to Tripoli from Italy and spent his first day looking around the former Royal Palace of Tripoli, which he described as "the greatest joy of my life, apart from the birth of my children".[10]

Business life[edit]

Prince Idris al-Senussi has served as a Director of Washington Investment Partners and China Sciences Conservational Power Ltd.[1] He has also been involved in the railways development, port development, power plants, real estate projects and oil and gas industry,[11] having in the past worked for Condotte, Ansaldo Energia, Eni and its subsidiary Snamprogetti.[2]The Sunday Times – Lead Article 9 July 1995</ref> He was also the mediator and key adviser of the contract for the construction of the Port of Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Prince Idris al-Senussi has structured, facilitated and raised financing for several infrastructure development projects.

Marriages and children[edit]

Prince Idris al-Senussi has been married twice.

His first marriage resulted in one daughter, Princess Alia al-Senussi, an intellectual and a leading principal figure in the art world.

He married his current wife the Spanish aristocrat, Ana María Quiñones Fernández[12] on 23 March 1987, now known as Princess Ana María al-Senussi.

They have one son, Prince Khaled bin Sayyid Idris al-Senussi (born 1988), a defense, security and business advisory expert.



  1. ^ a b c Buyers, Christopher (2010), "Libya", The Royal Ark, p. 3, retrieved 2011-02-19 |chapter= ignored (help).
  2. ^ a b Riccardo, Orizio (15 December 1997). "Tripoli bel suol d' affari". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  3. ^ Clarfield, Geoffrey (2011-05-09). "The men who would be Libya's king". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  4. ^ "Libyan Prince Is Taking Control of Rebels". New York Times. 29 March 1991. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  5. ^ "Libia, principe Idris: Gheddafi assecondi popolo o il Paese finirà in fiamme". Adnkronos. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  6. ^ Krakauer, Steve (21 February 2011). "Who is Moammer Gadhafi? Piers Morgan explores the man at the center of Libya's uprising". CNN. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  7. ^ Copley, Greg (21 March 2011). "With NATO's Operation Odyssey Dawn launch, strategic dimensions come into focus". World Tribune. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Idris Al-Senussi: "Gadafi está acabado"". ABC. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
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  10. '^ Irish Independent, Blair, David, Heir' to Libyan throne returns from exile, 24 December 2011
  11. ^ Copley, Greg (25 February 2004). "Libyan Leadership Returns to Ambivalent Posture as Pressure Eases". The Monarchy and the Sanussiyyah Movement. International Strategic Studies Association. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
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  13. ^ Royal Ark

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