Ali Abd-al-Aziz al-Isawi

Position: Foreign minister

Biography: Ali Abd-al-Aziz al-Isawi is the interim government’s foreign affairs minister. From 2007, he served in the Qaddafi regime as secretary of the General People’s Committee of Libya (GPCO) for economy, trade and investment, becoming the youngest minister to hold this role.

The GPCO was an important political body in Libya. While executive and legislative power lay, in theory, with the General People’s Congress (GPC), most important decisions were delegated either to the GPCO or to the GPC secretary general Qaddafi. Prior to taking on the ministerial position, he founded the Centre for Export Development in 2006 and became its first director general.

A year earlier, he was appointed general for the Ownership Expansion Programme, a privatisation fund. To assume this role, he left Qaddafi’s foreign ministry, where he had begun his political career as a staff member, before becoming a diplomat.