Abdullah al-Thani (Arabic: عبد الله الثني Libyan pronunciation: [ʕæbˈdɑllɑ tˈtini, -ˈθæni]) is a Libyan politician who became prime minister of the House of Representatives of Libya on 11 March 2014, when he took over in an interim capacity after the dismissal of Ali Zeidan. He was previously the defence minister in the government of Zeidan.
|25th Prime Minister of Libya (House of Representatives)|
|Assumed office |
11 March 2014*
Acting: 11 March 2014 – 8 April 2014
Abu Bakr Baira (Acting)
Aguila Saleh Issa
|Preceded by||Ali Zeidan|
|Succeeded by||Fayez al-Sarraj (Government of National Accord, internationally recognised)|
|Born||7 January 1954|
Kano, British Nigeria
|Alma mater||Benghazi Military University Academy|
|*Thani's premiership was disputed by Omar al-Hassi, Khalifa al-Ghawi and Fayez al-Sarraj.|
In April 2014, al-Thani negotiated the reopening of two out of four oil ports seized by rebels. 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.
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. 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.
After the election of a House of Representatives to govern Libya, al-Thani attended the opening ceremony of the new parliament in Tobruk on 4 August 2014. He and his cabinet again resigned on 29 August 2014, citing a need to give the controversial new parliament a chance to choose a new, inclusive government after Islamist lawmakers convened a new meeting of the General National Congress in Tripoli and declared al-Thani dismissed, although he defended the elected House of Representatives as "the only legitimate authority in the country". The next week, however, the Tobruk-based lawmakers reappointed al-Thani as prime minister and tasked him with forming a "crisis government".
With Libya sliding into civil war between the two rival governments, al-Thani ordered General Khalifa Haftar to "liberate" Tripoli in October 2014. 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".
On 26 May 2015 he survived an assassination attempt when gunmen fired on his convoy in Tobruk.
Al-Thani and the House of Representatives promoted Haftar to the rank of Field Marshal in recognition for his leadership in the Operation Surprise Lightning, capturing the four key oil ports (Sidra, Ra's Lanuf, Brega and Zuwetina) in the Gulf of Sirte from the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) during the ongoing Libyan Civil War.
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| Prime Minister of Libya