Ahmad Karami

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Ahmad Karami
Minister of State
Assumed office
13 June 2011
Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Personal details
Born (1944-08-29) 29 August 1944 (age 72)
Tripoli, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Spouse(s) Zeina Al Nabhani
Children Three
Alma mater Beirut Arab University

Ahmad Mustafa Karami (born 29 August 1944) is a Sunni Lebanese politician and minister of state in the cabinet of Najib Mikati.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Karami hails from a powerful political family based in Tripoli.[2][3] His father, Mustafa Karami, founded the National Youth Party in 1933.[2] Former Prime Ministers Rashid Karami and Omar Karami are both his cousins.[2][4]

Ahmad Karami was born in Tripoli on 29 August 1944.[5] He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science, which he received from the Beirut Arab University in 1970.


Karami served as the director of Tripoli's port from 1973 to 1991.[2] Then he became the deputy of Tripoli in the 1996 and 2009 general elections.[6][7] He was elected on Saad Hariri's list in the 2009 elections.[8]

Karami supported the premiership of Mikati in 2011 after the cabinet of Saad Hariri collapsed.[9] Karami was appointed minister of state in June 2011 to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati.[8][10] Mikati appointed him to the cabinet.[9] Karami is one of the non-affiliated members of the Mikati cabinet.[11] He is also among seven Sunni ministers in the cabinet.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Karami is married to Zeina Al Nabhani and has three children.


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  3. ^ Joseph, Suad (July 2011). "Political Familism in Lebanon". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: 150–163. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jumblatt Remains with March 14 Despite Talks with Berri, While Hariri Reportedly Meets with Hizballah". Wikileaks. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ahmad Karami's profile". Katagogi. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "MP Ahmed Karami says has priority to get the Sunni cabinet seat". Ya Libnan. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Elections in Lebanon" (PDF). IFES. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Lebanon announces cabinet line-up". Now Lebanon. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Minister karami: No one can mess with STL’s affairs". Ya Libnan. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ahmad Karami". Beirut. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "The New Lebanese Government" (Assessment Report). Lebanese Information Center. July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lebanon's Mikati cabinet profiles, shares and sectarian allocations". Lebanonwire. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2013.