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Dr. Mustafa A.G. Abushagur "Libya, Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy, Challenges and Prospects"

Dec 1, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Dr. Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, Member, Libyan House of Representatives
Sponsor: 

Co-sponsored by The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, The Workshop on Arab Political Development at PIIRS, The Program in Near Eastern Studies, The Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia.

Dr. Mustafa A.G. Abushagur is a Libyan politician, professor of electrical engineering, university president and entrepreneur. On November 22, 2011, he was named the Deputy Prime Minister of Libya, and on September 12, 2012, Abushagur became the first elected Prime Minister-designate in the modern history of Libya. However, he was removed from office on October 7, 2012, when he failed to receive congressional approval for his cabinet nominees. He continued to serve as the Deputy Prime Minister of Libya until November 14, 2012. In the July 2014 elections, Abushagur was elected to the Libyan House of Representatives, where he won the largest number of votes won by any candidate in the country. Prior to the House's first meeting, Abushagur was kidnapped by armed gunmen. He was released unharmed after nine hours. He currently remains a member of the House and active in the Libyan political scene.