File - Health Minister Wael Abu Faour reviews documents in his office in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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"How many sugars would you like with that?" Health Minister Wael Abu Faour asked as he leaned over a cup of Earl Grey with a small spoon in his hand.The scandal propelled the then-relatively low-key minister into the limelight, and Abu Faour became a national celebrity.In person, Abu Faour is a natural charmer.One thing that quickly becomes apparent about Abu Faour is his extreme loyalty to his party. Hanging above his couch is a portrait of Kamal Jumblatt, accompanied by a black-and-white portrait of Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt near the entrance. Abu Faour joined the PSP scouts in 1977 at age 5 and later went on to join the youth of the party before working his way up to his current post.Abu Faour represented the party in a range of pan-Arab Youth organizations that kept him occupied.Abu Faour clearly loves the conflict. He describes his work as "battles" and the food scandal as an "invasion," although he constantly reiterates that he could not have achieved this without the support of his party leader Walid Jumblatt. Abu Faour appears to be Jumblatt's most trusted aide and he has been assigned to represent the party on the delicate hostage file.The loss took a personal toll on Abu Faour.
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