Libya's Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy: Challenges and Prospects

Event Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
016 Robertson Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will sponsor a public talk by Dr. Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, Member of the Libyan House of Representatives, "Libya's Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy: Challenges and Prospects," on Monday, December 1, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. This lecture is co-sponsored by with Woodrow Wilson School, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), 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 and 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, but was removed before certifying his cabinet. He served 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.