List of Governors-General of Italian Libya

This article lists the Governors-General of Italian Libya, a colony of the Italian Empire from 1934 to 1943.

Governor-General of Italian Libya
Governor general della Libia italiana
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Coat of arms of Italian Libya
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Longest serving
Italo Balbo

1 January 1934 – 28 June 1940
Reports toKing of Italy
PrecursorGovernor of Italian Tripolitania
Governor of Italian Cyrenaica
Formation1 January 1934
First holderItalo Balbo
Final holderGiovanni Messe
Abolished13 May 1943
SuccessionAllied administrators of Libya


No. Portrait Governor-General Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Balbo, ItaloMarshal of the Air
Italo Balbo
1 January 193428 June 1940 †6 years, 179 days  Regia Aeronautica
2Graziani, RodolfoMarshal
Rodolfo Graziani
1 July 194025 March 1941 [b]267 days  Royal Italian Army
3Gariboldi, ItaloGeneral
Italo Gariboldi
25 March 194119 July 1941116 days  Royal Italian Army
4Bastico, EttoreMarshal
Ettore Bastico
19 July 19412 February 19431 year, 198 days  Royal Italian Army
Messe, GiovanniGeneral
Giovanni Messe
2 February 194313 May 1943100 days  Royal Italian Army

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Although Pietro Badoglio was uniquely governor of Tripolitania (including Fezzan) and Cyrenaica from 1929 to 1933, Libya became a united province under Balbo.[1]
  2. ^ Replaced in the aftermath of Operation Compass, during the Western Desert campaign of World War II.


  1. ^ "International Boundary Study No. 3 (Revised) – December 15, 1978 Chad – Libya Boundary" (PDF). The Geographer Office of the Geographer Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2007.

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