Ahmad Maher Pasha

Ahmad Maher Pasha (1888 – 24 February 1945) (Arabic: أحمد ماهر باشا) was the prime minister of Egypt from 10 October 1944 to 24 February 1945. He was a member of the Saadist Institutional Party and was appointed prime minister following the removal of Mustafa an-Nahhas Pasha by King Farouk.

Portrrait of Ahmad Mahir Pasha

After assuming power he called for new elections and opposed the candidacies of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, against whom he had declared a fatwa. Maher then declared war against the Axis Powers in World War II, primarily to gain a diplomatic advantage at the end of the war (which was seen as imminent). Immediately after his announcement, Maher was assassinated at parliament by 28-year-old Mahmoud El Essawy. It is assumed that Essawy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ahmad Maher Pasha was married to his first cousin Ihsan Hanem Sami, whose family was part of the European aristocracy which dominated the socio economic scene and was said to be part of the free masons. He was the grandfather of Ahmad Maher, Egypt's foreign minister from 2001 to 2004, as well as Ambassador Ali Maher.


  • "War & Death". Time. 5 March 1945. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  • "Egyptian Premier Slain in Chamber". The New York Times, 25 February 1945.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by