Makari graduated from University of Texas in Austin in Civil engineering and joined Oger Saudi and Oger International, companies founded by the late, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In 1992, Makari entered politics, winning the Antiochian Orthodox parliamentary seat in the district of Koura. Makari was re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2009. Between 1995-1996, Makari was appointed Information Minister in the Government administration of Rafik Hariri and in 2005, Makari established himself as one of the prominent figures in the Cedar Revolution following Hariri's assassination. The Koura constituents chose to elect Makari to Parliament for a fourth term as part of the majority March 14 bloc and he was appointed Deputy Speaker of Parliament, a position from which Makari has since adopted and espoused many strong political stands. Makari has been since 2005 Vice-President of the Lebanese Parliament.
For the Vice-President, Lebanon is proud of its educated, cultured and open-minded human capital and, like its green and fertile land, Koura has also played its part in producing many distinguished sons and daughters, a reflection of its many schools and universities, including the prestigious Balamand University. Attracting the finest academics and specialists, as well as students from all backgrounds and faiths with a thirst for learning, Koura has made a name for itself as a center of research and dialogue among cultures. Our priority is maintaining Koura's tradition of educational excellence by sowing the seeds of distinction and reaping them for future generations. This is our duty and our contribution to the national growth.
Hard working, loyal and productive, the native of Koura can be a successful manager, a dedicated farmer, an honest merchant, and a creative industrialist. It does not matter if he or she works in Lebanon or, like many Lebanese, has sought opportunities abroad; the same values of hard work apply. Our goal is to instill, in the people of Koura, a sense of belonging. We want to encourage economic activity to create jobs and increase our contribution to the Lebanese economy as well as ensuring that our native sons and daughters do not have to travel far to find work and risk breaking ties with their region.
If the destiny of Koura, in the geographic sense, is the way to the Cedars - the heart of the Lebanese flag - then in a national sense, Koura is the protector of the Cedar and we want it to stay like this. Koura is an essential ingredient of the nation. The people of Koura have given a lot, and are willing to give more, for a free, independent, sovereign and united Lebanon, a country of institutions and the rule of law, a bridge between East and West, open to all civilizations, nations and cultures. Furthermore, the Koura stands as a model of coexistence, accommodating all sects and groups. In Koura, the phrase Kuluna Lil Watan is not just a sentence in the national anthem, but a mantra to work for Lebanon and defend it from foreign aggression. The people of Koura played a major role during the Cedar Revolution, and they continue to show that that flame of patriotism still burns bright in northern Lebanon.