Ali Qanso

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Ali Kanso
President of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
In office
Minister of State
Assumed office
Personal details
Born 1948
Doueir, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Political party Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Religion Shia Islam
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Ali Khalil Qanso, (Arabic: علي قانصوه‎‎), or Kanso, is a Lebanese politician and is minister of state in the cabinet of Najib Mikati.

Early life and education[edit]

Qanso was born into a Shiite family in 1948 in Doueir, Lebanon.[1] He received bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in Arabic literature from Lebanese University.[1]

Political career[edit]

Qanso was Minister for Labour of Lebanon in the government of Rafiq Hariri from 2000 to 2003. He was for the 2nd time head of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party from 5 August 2005 to July 2008. He again entered into government in July 2008 as Minister of State[2] under Fouad Siniora with the backing of Hezbollah as part of the March 8 Alliance, although his appointment caused controversy[why?] and was initially vetoed by Siniora.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lebanon's Who's Who". Arab Gateway. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ CIA World Factbook - Lebanon. Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. 7/25/2008
  3. ^ Ibrahim, Alia (12 July 2008). "Lebanese Form National Unity Government". Washington Post. pp. A07. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 

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Preceded by
Michel Moussa
Ali Qanso, Minister of Labor, Lebanon

Succeeded by
Assaad Hardan
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