Members of Lebanon's new government pose for the official picture at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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He graduated with a degree in economics and management from the U.K. and in 1982 took over as head of the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut. He was elected MP for Beirut twice, in 1996 and 2009 respectively, and served as culture minister in Fouad Siniora's 2008-09 cabinet. Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, 74, a Greek Orthodox from Beirut, is a contractor and engineer. He was Lebanon's first environment minister in Rafik Hariri's 1992-95 Cabinet. His work in the PSP started soon after graduating from the American University of Beirut with a degree in business management. He served as state minister in Fouad Siniora's 2008-09 government and then in Saad Hariri's 2009-11 Cabinet. Harb held three portfolios – public transport, labor and education – in Salim Hoss' 1979-80 Cabinet, was education minister in Omar Karami's 1990-92 Cabinet and labor minister in Saad Hariri's 2009-11 government.He was elected Hasbaya-Marjayoun MP four times successively in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2009 . He served as agriculture minister in Rafik Hariri's 2003-04 and health minister in Najib Mikati's 2011-14 government.
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