Marwan Hamadeh

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Marwan Hamadeh
Minister of Telecommunications
In office
19 July 2005 – 11 July 2008
Preceded by Alan Tabourian
Succeeded by Jebran Bassil
Minister of Economy and Trade
In office
2003 – September 2004
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
Preceded by Bassel Fleihan
Succeeded by Fouad Siniora (acting)
Adnan Kassar
Minister for the Displaced
In office
October 2000 – 2003
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
Personal details
Born (1939-09-11) 11 September 1939 (age 74)
Baakiline, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Alma mater Saint Joseph University
Religion Druze

Marwan Mohammad Ali Hamadé (born 11 September 1939) is a Lebanese journalist and politician, who served in various capacities in different cabinets, including minister of telecommunications, minister of economy and trade, minister of tourism, minister of health and minister for the displaced.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hamadé was born into a Druze family in Baakiline, Chouf district, on 11 September 1939.[2][3] His sister, Nadia Tueni, a notable author and French poet, was married to Ghassan Tueni, former UN ambassador and senior editor of the Lebanese daily, An Nahar. Their son, and Hamadeh's nephew, Gebran Tueni, was assassinated in a car bombing in Beirut in December 2005.[4]

Hamadé holds a law degree, which he earned from Saint Joseph University in 1963.[2] He received a PhD in economy from the same university.[2]

Career and views[edit]

Hamadé started his career as an economic and political editor for An Nahar, L'Orient le Jour and Le Point in 1964 and continued to work for these papers until 1975.[5] He was appointed tourism minister in 1982 and his term lasted for two years.[5] He served as economy minister in the cabinet led by then prime minister Omar Karami, replacing Nazih Al Bizri.[6] Hamadé's term lasted from 24 December 1990 to­ 15 May 1992, and he was succeeded by Samir Makdasi.[6] From 1992 to 1996 he served as minister of health and social affairs.[5] In the general elections of 1996 he won a seat from Chouf.[5]

In October 2000, Hamadeh was appointed minister for the displaced to the cabinet led by then prime minister Rafik Hariri.[7][8] Then he was appointed economy minister in cabinet rehuffle in 2003, replacing Bassel Fleihan.[6] He was one of three ministers in the cabinet, who were members of the Progressive Socialist Party led by Walid Jumblatt.[9] During this period, Hamadé was one of the close advisors to Jumblatt.[10]

Hamadé was one of four members of the Lebanese Parliament who voted against the extension of president Lahoud’s term in office in September 2004.[11] Hamadeh, formerly one of Syria's staunchest allies in Lebanon, became a critic of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon after Resolution 1559 was passed in 2005. Hamadé and the same three other cabinet members, including culture minister Ghazi Aridi, environment minister Farès Boueiz and refugee affairs minister Abdullah Farhat, also resigned from office on 7 September 2004 in protest at the constitutional amendment that allowed the three-year extension of then President Émile Lahoud's term.[1][12][13] Then finance minister Fouad Siniora replaced Hamadé as acting economy minister.[14] From 19 July 2005 to 11 July 2008 Hamadeh served as minister of telecommunications.[15]

In the general elections of 2009, Hamadé won a seat from the Chouf district.[16]

Assassination attempt[edit]

Hamadé was injured in a car bomb explosion in west Beirut on 1 October 2004 that killed his bodyguard and injured his driver.[11][12] The blast is considered to have been the beginning of series of assassinations of Lebanese politicians and journalists, mostly anti-Syrian figures.[10]

Then Syrian vice president Abdul Halim Khaddam visited Hamadé at the American University hospital after the attack.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Hamadé is married to Vanda Barakat and has two children from his first wife.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Syria Has Not Complied With Troop Demand on Lebanon, Annan Says". The New York Times. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lebanon Who's Who". Arab Gateway. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Knudsen, Are (2010). "Acquiescence to Assassinations in Post-Civil War Lebanon?". Mediterranean Politics 15 (1): 1–23. doi:10.1080/13629391003644611. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Gibran Tueni". BBC. 12 December 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "His Excellency Minister Marwan Mohammad Ali Hamadeh". Arab Decision. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Former Ministers". Ministry of Economy and Trade. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Gambill, Gary C. (August–September 2001). "Lebanon's Shadow Government Takes Charge". Middle East Intelligence Bulletin 3 (8). Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hariri Forms Govt". APS Diplomat Recorder. 28 October 2000. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lebanese Political Feud Jolts Cabinet". Los Angeles Times (Beirut). AP. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Safa, Oussama (January 2006). "Lebanon springs forward". Journal of Democracy 17 (1). 
  11. ^ a b Knudsen, Are (2005). "Precarious peacebuilding: Post-war Lebanon, 1990-2005". CMI Working Paper 2. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mallat, Chibli. Lebanon's Cedar Revolution An essay on non-violence and justice. Mallat. p. 122. 
  13. ^ "Four Lebanese ministers step down". BBC. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Nada Raad; Nafez Kawas (7 September 2004). "4 ministers quit Lebanese Cabinet over amendment". The Daily Star (Bairut). Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Former Ministers". Ministry of Telecommunications. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Elections in Lebanon". IFES. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Glass, Charles (4 August 2005). "An Assassin's Land". London Review of Books 27 (15). Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Fakih, Mohalhel (7–13 October 2004). "Lebanon at the crossroads". Al Ahram Weekly 711. Retrieved 19 April 2013.