Ashour Ben Khayal
: عاشور بن خيال
), sometimes romanised Ben Hayal
, is a Libyan
diplomat and politician who was born in the Cyrenaican
city of Derna
in September 1939. He was named Foreign Minister on 22 November 2011 by Abdurrahim El-Keib
in a surprise move, as the position was originally reported to be filled by Libya's deputy ambassador to United NationsIbrahim Dabbashi
. He was described as little-known prior to his appointment.
After defecting, Bin Khayal joined the ranks of the Libyan National resistance and was later named the Deputy Secretary General of the National Libyan Alliance
. In 2005, after the killing of Kikhia, he served as Chairman and later as president for the National Conference of the Libyan Opposition. During the Libyan Civil War
, the Conference declared support for the National Transitional Council and allocated all possible resources towards the service of the nation.