Ali Qanso

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Ali Kanso
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President of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Assumed office
5 August 2016
Preceded by Assaad Hardan
In office
5 August 2005 – 2008
Succeeded by Assaad Hardan
Minister of State for parliamentary affairs
Assumed office
18 December 2016
Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Preceded by Muhammad Fneish
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 for parliamentary affairs in the second cabinet of Saad Hariri. He is the president of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and he served as minister of state in Najib Mikati government and precedently minister of labor in the cabinet of Rafik Hariri.

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] On 5 August 2016, he was elected again as the head of SSNP.[4]


  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. 
  4. ^ "REPORT: Ali Qanso elected as new head of Syrian Social Nationalist Party". LBC News. 5 August 2016. 

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

Succeeded by
Assaad Hardan
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