One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The governor of a province in an Arab country.
- ‘I've been the guest of chancellors, viziers, cæsars, walis and prime ministers.’
- ‘The governor, or wali, is appointed by the national government, and serves as the primary liaison between local and federal government.’
- ‘In a document obtained by Human Rights Watch, the state governor or wali of South Darfur orders commissioners ‘to recruit 300 horsemen for Khartoum’.’
- ‘It was not uncommon for the Ottoman governor (or wali as he was called) of Baghdad to clash with insurgent tribes.’
From Arabic ( al-)wālī.
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