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Ali Zeidan (sometimes written as Zidan; Arabic: علي زيدان‎; born 1950) is a former Prime Minister of Libya. He was appointed by the General National Congress on 14 October 2012. Zeidan took office on 14 November after Congress approved his cabinet nominees.[1][2] Before the Libyan civil war, Zeidan was a human rights lawyer in Geneva.[3] According to the BBC, he is considered by some local observers as a strong-minded liberal.[4]

Ali Zeidan
علي زيدان
Ali Zeidan at US State Department 2013.png
Prime Minister of Libya
In office
14 November 2012 – 11 March 2014
PresidentMohammed Magariaf
Juma Ahmad Atigha (Acting)
Nouri Abusahmain
Preceded byAbdurrahim El-Keib
Succeeded byAbdullah al-Thanay
Personal details
Born1950 (age 68–69)
Libya
Political partyNational Party For Development and Welfare

It was reported on 10 October 2013 that Zeidan was kidnapped by armed men in Tripoli, during the early hours in the morning.[5] He was freed hours later.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Libya Congress elects former congressman and rights lawyer Ali Zeidan as new prime minister". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. Zaptia, Sami (14 November 2012). "Zeidan government sworn in". Libya Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. "Ali Zeidan, ex-Kadhafi opponent, elected Libya PM". AFP. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  4. "Ali Zidan elected Libya's new prime minister". BBC News. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. Sky News (10 October 2013). "Libya PM Zeidan 'kidnapped at gunpoint'". Sky News. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  6. "Libyan PM Ali Zidan breifly held by gunmen in Tripoli". CBS News. 10 October 2013.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Ali Zeidan at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Abdurrahim El-Keib
Prime Minister of Libya
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Abdullah al-Thanay