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|Minister of Justice|
July 2005 – July 2008
|Prime Minister||Fouad Siniora|
|Succeeded by||Ibrahim Najjar|
|Born||20 July 1935|
Early life and education
Rizk was a faculty member at Lebanese University until he joined politics. He began his political career as an aide to President Fuad Chehab. He was Lebanon's representative at the Francophonie. Then he became director general of the information ministry in 1967. From 1978 to 1983 he served as the headof the state television station Tele Liban.
At the beginning of 2005, Rizk was appointed information minister. In July 2005, then Prime Minister Fouad Siniora controversially appointed Rizk as justice minister, a post claimed by Michel Aoun and also by Saad Hariri. The appointment of Rizk, a man close to president Lahoud, was opposed as it was felt that the investigation into the murder of Rafik Hariri would be unlikely to be pursued vigorously by a pro-Lahoud minister. Rizk silenced critics by giving the investigation under UNIIIC-Commissioner Detlev Mehlis his full support while later on he became an outspoken critic of Mehlis' successor Serge Brammertz because of his alleged inactivity in the ongoing investigation.
Rizk was one the candidates for the Lebanese presidency in 2007.
- "Lebanon leading presidential candidates". Lebanon Wire. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "Charles Rizk". Fanoos. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Anti-Syrians dominate in cabinet lineup". The New York Times. 20 July 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- "Lebanon's 'unity cabinet' announced". Ya Libnan. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2013.