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Fayez al-Sarraj
فايز السراج
Fayez al-Sarraj in Washington in 2017
Fayez al-Sarraj in 2017
Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya
Assumed office
30 March 2016
Vice President Ahmed Maiteeq
Preceded by Aguila Saleh Issa (President of the House of Representatives)
Nouri Abusahmain (President of the General National Congress)
Prime Minister of Libya
Assumed office
5 April 2016*
Deputy Ahmed Maiteeq
Preceded by Abdullah al-Thani
Khalifa al-Ghawil
Minister of Defense
Assumed office
6 September 2018
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Al-Mahdi Al-Barghathi
Personal details
Born
Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj

1960 (age 59–60)
Tripoli, Libya
Political party Independent
*Sarrraj's premiership was disputed by Abdullah al-Thani and since 14 October 2016, by Khalifa al-Ghawil.

Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj (Arabic: فائز السراج or فايز السراج; born 1960) is a Libyan politician who is currently the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of Libya|prime minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya that was formed as a result of the Libyan Political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015. He has been a member of the Parliament of Tripoli.

Political career

His father, Mostafa al-Sarraj was a minister during the Libyan Monarchy. Trained as an architect, during the Gaddafi era he worked in the Housing Ministry. In 2014, he served as the Minister of Housing and Utilities in the Maiteeq Cabinet of the GNC. Some critics "regard Sarraj as a politician imposed by foreign powers." At the time of his appointment "Guma el-Gamaty, a member of Libya Dialogue, the UN-chaired body that created the new government, said Sarraj was expected to ask for help to combat Isis and train Libyan units."

Presidency

In early October 2015, the United Nations envoy to Libya, Bernardino León, proposed a national unity government for Libya, led by a prime minister (Fayez al-Sarraj), three deputies from the country's east, west, and south regions, and two ministers to complete a presidential council. However, this national unity government was rejected by the internationally recognized legislature in Tobruk and the rival government in Tripoli.

Fayez al-Sarraj, and six other members of the Presidential Council and proposed cabinet arrived in Tripoli on 30 March 2016. The following day, it was reported[undue weight? ] that the GNA has taken control of the prime ministerial offices and that the GNC appointed prime minister Khalifa al-Ghawil had fled to Misrata.

Prior to his initial arrival in Tripoli in March 2016, Sarraj survived two separate assassination attempts.

The government's initial proposed group of ministers was rejected by the House of Representatives (HoR), leading Sarraj to form a government that received a no confidence vote from the HoR. Infighting among rival militias has only intensified, and Libyan citizens have faced economic hardships, including inflation, corruption, and smuggling, that are "melting away the country's cash reserves".


Political offices
Preceded by
Aguila Saleh Issa
as President of the House of Representatives of Libya
Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Abdullah al-Thani
Prime Minister of Libya
2016–present


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