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Lineup of Mikati’s 30

All ministers in today's new cabinet.

Najib Mikati

Prime Minister, Sunni, Independent

A Harvard graduate and a businessman, first entered politics in 1998 as Minister of Public Works and Transportation. He was first elected to parliament in 2000 and in 2005 he headed a transitional government to oversee parliamentary elections.

Samir Mouqbel

Deputy Prime Minister, Greek Orthodox, Independent

A graduate of the American University of Beirut in civil engineering. Was Lebanon’s first Environment Minister from 1992 to 1995.

Marwan Charbel

Interior Minister, Maronite, Independent

Retired Brigadier-General in the Internal Security Forces, Charbel first joined the ISF in 1968 and graduated from the Lebanese University in 1981 with a degree in law.

Adnan Mansour

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shiite, Amal Movement

Graduated in political science from Saint Joseph University and entered the diplomatic arena in 1974. Mansour has served as Lebanon’s Consul in several countries, including Australia, Sudan and Egypt.

Mohammad Safadi

Finance Minister, Sunni, March 14

MP for Tripoli since 2000 and founder of the Safadi Foundation. Served as Economy Minister in the previous government.

Fayez Ghosn

Defense Minister, Maronite, Marada Movement

Vice-President of the Marada Movement, Ghosn first entered politics in 1992 and represented the northern district of Koura in Parliament until 2005.

Shakib Qortbawi

Justice Minister, Maronite, Free Patriotic Movement

Graduated with a law degree from Saint Joseph University in 1967. Head of the Bar Association from 1995 to 1997.

Nicholas Nahhas

Minister of Economy, Greek Orthodox, Independent

A 1972 Saint Joseph University engineering graduate, also has a degree in business administration from Harvard University. Founded the private company Partners Value EDAFI, and was appointed an economic consultant by Prime Minister Najib Mikati in 2005.

Charbel Nahhas

Labor Minister, Greek Catholic, Free Patriotic Movement

Studied engineering and planning in France, along with economics and anthropology. He has served as Telecommunications Minister in the previous government.

Walid Daouk

Information Minister, Sunni, Independent

Lawyer and legal consultant since 1982, graduated from Saint Joseph University in law and political science. He is also a member of the Beirut Bar Association.

Ghazi Aridi

Public Works and Transport Minister, Druze, Progressive Socialist Party

Public Works and Transport Minister in the previous government. Former Information Minister, currently an MP for Beirut.

Ali Hasan Khalil

Health Minister, Shiite, Amal Movement

First elected to parliament in 1996 and has been a member of the Parliament ever since. He is currently a member of the Amal Movement’s leadership committee.

Jibran Bassil

Energy and Water Minister, Maronite, Free Patriotic Movement

Energy and Water Minister in the previous government. An engineer by training, works in real estate and construction. Once held Telecommunications portfolio.

Nicolas Sehnawi

Telecommunications Minister, Greek Catholic, Free Patriotic Movement

Member and president of Sogecap Insurance since 2000. Also the author of a book in Arabic entitled “Future is ours, if…” Was a Beirut candidate in the 2009 parliamentary elections.

Fadi Abboud

Tourism Minister, Maronite, Free Patriotic Movement

Tourism Minister in the previous government. Former Head of the Lebanese Industrialists’ Association.

Vrej Sabounjian

Industry Minister, Armenian Orthodox, Tashnag Party

An engineering graduate and an industrialist, Sabounjian has been the president of Vresso Lebanon since 1965. He has also been the president of Vresso International Corporation since 1986.

Alaaeddine Terro

Minister for the Displaced, Sunni, Progressive Socialist Party

Member of the Progressive Socialist Party since 1975, he was first elected to Parliament in 1992 and has been an MP since then. He is also a member of the Social and Cultural Club and a member of the Organization of Social Services.

Wael Abu Faour

Social Affairs Minister, Druze, Progressive Socialist Party

Elected MP for the Western Bekaa. Served in the previous two governments as Minister of State.

Hussein Hajj Hasan

Agriculture Minister, Shiite, Hezbollah

Agriculture Minister in the previous government. MP for Baalbek-Hermel and head of Parliament’s Agricultural Committee.

Gaby Layyoun

Culture Minister, Greek Orthodox, Free Patriotic Movement

Saint Joseph University graduate with a degree in civil engineering and economics, worked in the fields of civil engineering, was appointed as an advisor for a board of directors in the banking sector. Member of the constituent body of the Free Patriotic Movement.

Faisal Karami

Sports and Youth Minister, Sunni, Independent

Son of former Prime Minister Omar Karami, entered politics through the Arab Liberation Party in Tripoli. Founded both the Association of Sports and Literature Club and the Association of Karami Clinics.

Hassan Diab

Education Minister, Sunni, Independent

Graduated in computer science from the American University in Beirut in 1985, and has been a professor of electrical engineering.

Nazim Khoury

Environment Minister, Maronite, Independent

Graduated from the American University of Beirut. Also holds degrees in political and administrative studies and insurance studies. Adviser to President Michel Sleiman. Served one term in Parliament from 2000 to 2005.

Salim Karam

Minister of State, Maronite, Marada Movement

A graduate of American University of Beirut, Karam entered politics in 1972. After attempts to grab a parliamentary seat in 1996, 2000 and 2005, he became a member of parliament in 2009 alongside Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh.

Mohammad Fneish

Minister of State, Shiite, Hezbollah

Minister of State in the previous government. MP for Tyre since 1992. Has served as Labor Minister and Energy Minister in past governments.

Nicolas Fattoush

Minister of State, Greek Catholic, Independent

Obtained a law degree in France, and has been practicing law in Lebanon since 1970. Former Minister of Tourism in three consecutive Cabinets (1992-1998), formed by the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Ahmad Karami

Minister of State, Sunni, Independent

A graduate in economics and political science from the Beirut Arab University, he was first elected an MP from Tripoli in 1996 and was re-elected in 2009.

Panos Manjian

Minister of State, Armenian Orthodox, Change and Reform Bloc, Tashnak Party

Retired Brigadier-General in the Lebanese Army from (2001-2011), Manjian joined the army as a volunteer in 1972. He is the recipient of four military medals.

Ali Qanso

Minister of State, Shiite, Syrian Social Nationalist Party

Former leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (1996-2008), and a Minister of State in 2008.

Talal Arslan

State Minister (announced resignation), Druze, March 8

Founder of the Lebanese Democratic Party, Arslan graduated in political science from George Washington University. He was first elected to Parliament in 1991, and former Minister of Youth and Sports and former Minister of State in the governments.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 14, 2011, on page 3.




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