Boutros Ghali
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Boutros Ghali

Boutros Ghali
Coptic: ?
Arabic: ? ?
Boutros Ghali Pasha.jpg
9th Prime Minister of Egypt

8 November 1908 - 21 February 1910
MonarchAbbas II
Mustafa Fahmi Pasha
Muhammad Said Pasha
Personal details
Born(1846-05-12)12 May 1846
Kiman-al-'Arus, Beni Suef, Ottoman Empire
Died21 February 1910(1910-02-21) (aged 63)
Cairo, Khedivate of Egypt

Boutros Ghali (12 May 1846[1] - 21 February 1910; Coptic: ?, Arabic: ? ?‎; styled Boutros Ghali Bey later Boutros Ghali Pasha) was the prime minister of Egypt from 1908 to 1910.

Early life

Boutros Ghali was born to a Coptic Christian family in Kiman-al-'Arus, a village of Beni Suef, Egypt, in 1846.[2] His father was Ghali Nayruz, the steward of Prince Mustafa Fadil.[2] Boutros Ghali studied Arabic, Turkish, Persian, English and French.[2]


After graduation, Ghali became a teacher at the patriarchal school.[2] Ghali's public career began in 1875 with this appointment to the post of clerk in the newly constituted Mixed Court by Sharif Pasha.[3] Next he became the representative of the Egyptian government on the Commission of the Public Debt.[3] Ghali began to work in the justice ministry in 1879 and was appointed secretary general of the ministry with the title of Bey. His following post was as first secretary of the council of ministers to which he was appointed in September 1881.[3] However, in October 1881 he again began to work in the justice ministry. Upon the request of Mahmoud Sami al-Barudi, Ghali was awarded the rank of Pasha, being the first Coptic recipient of such an honour in Egypt.[3] In 1886, he was appointed head of a commission for the selection of Sharia court judges, which was an unusual appointment due to his religious background, leading to protests by Muslims.[3]

Ghali's first ministerial portfolio was the minister of finance in 1893.[4] Then he was made foreign minister in 1894.[4]

In 1901 he was decorated as the 650th Grand-Cross of the Royal Military Order of Our Lady of the Concepcion of Vila Viçosa of Portugal.

He was appointed prime minister on 8 November 1908, replacing Mustafa Fahmi Pasha.[5] He also retained the post of foreign minister during his premiership.[4] Ghali remained in office until 21 February 1910 and was replaced by Muhammad Said Pasha.[5]


Bust of Boutros Ghali, Church of SS Peter and Paul (Boutrosiya, Cairo)

Ghali was accused of favouring the British in the Denshawai incident. On 20 February 1910, Ghali was shot by Ibrahim Nassif al-Wardani, a twenty-three-year-old pharmacology graduate,[6] who had just returned from Britain.[7] Ghali was leaving the ministry of foreign affairs when Wardani fired five shots, three of which lodged in the premier's body.[8] Ghali died a day later, on 21 February.[8]

The assassin, who confessed to the killing of Ghali, had been educated in Lausanne, Paris, and London and was a member of Mustafa Kamil Pasha's Watani Party.[6] His father was a governor and his uncle was a Pasha.[6] Wardani was executed on 28 June 1910.[8]

The assassination of Ghali was the first of a series of assassinations that continued until 1915.[6] It was also the first public assassination of a senior statesman in Egypt in more than a century.[6]


Ghali had "many sons",[9] the most notable being:

Boutros Ghali's brother Amin Ghali (1865-1933) was a public prosecutor; Amin's son Ibrahim Amin Ghali was a diplomat who worked to rehabilitate his uncle's reputation.[9]


Egyptian national honours

Ribbon bar Honour
Order of Muhammad Ali (Egipt) - ribbon bar.gif Grand Cordon of the Order of Muhammad Ali
EGY Order of Ismail.png Grand Cordon of the Order of Ismail

Foreign honors

Ribbon bar Country Honour
ETH Order of Solomon BAR.png  Ethiopian Empire Grand Cordon of the Order of Solomon
Order of the Osmanie lenta.png  Ottoman Empire Grand Cordon of the Order of Osmanieh
GRE Order Redeemer 2Class.png  Kingdom of Greece Grand Commander of the Order of the Redeemer
Grande ufficiale OCI Kingdom BAR.svg  Kingdom of Italy Grand Officier of the Order of the Crown of Italy
UK Order St-Michael St-George ribbon.svg  United Kingdom Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
UK Royal Victorian Order honorary member ribbon.svg  United Kingdom Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

See also



  • Goldschmidt, Arthur (1993). "The Butrus Ghali Family". Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 30: 183-188. doi:10.2307/40000236. ISSN 0065-9991. JSTOR 40000236.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2019. Retrieved 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "B. Ghali". The Coptic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Seikaly, Samir (January 1977). "Prime Minister and Assassin: Bu?rus Gh?l? and Ward?n?". Middle Eastern Studies. 13 (1): 112-123. doi:10.1080/00263207708700338. JSTOR 4282624.
  4. ^ a b c Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. (1999). Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt. Boulder, CO: L. Reinner. p. 61. Retrieved 2013.  - via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Egypt Prime Ministers". World Statesmen. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e Reid, Donald M. (1982). "Political Assassination in Egypt, 1910-1954". The International Journal of African Historical Studies. 15 (4): 625-651. doi:10.2307/217848. JSTOR 217848.
  7. ^ The Modern Middle East and North Africa by Aroian and Mitchell
  8. ^ a b c "Egyptian assassin hanged". The Day. Cairo. 28 June 1910. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d Goldschmidt 1993, p.187
  10. ^ Schmeman, Serge (20 July 2000). "A Separate Peace". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Goldschmidt 1993, pp.183,188
  12. ^ "Correction". The New York Times. 19 September 1999. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Quinn, Ben (9 January 2012). "Anger over appearance of ex-Egyptian finance minister at LSE lecture". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Goldschmidt 1993, p.188
Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Fahmi Pasha
Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Muhammad Said Pasha

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