Fayez Ghosn

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Fayez Ghosn
فايز غصن
Minister of Defense
In office
13 June 2011 – 15 February 2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Preceded by Elias Murr
Succeeded by Samir Mouqbel
Personal details
Born (1950-06-28) 28 June 1950 (age 65)
Nationality Lebanese
Political party Marada Party
Spouse(s) Yona Hakim
Children Two
Religion Christian

Fayez Ghosn (Arabic: فايز غصن‎) (born 28 June 1950) is a Lebanese politician, the former minister of defense, and a member of the Marada Movement.

Early life[edit]

Ghosn hails from an Orthodox Christian family, who are among elite families based in North Lebanon.[1] He was born in Kousba on 28 June 1950.[2]


Ghosn is a member of the Lebanon's Christian political party Marada, which is a supporter of Hezbollah[3] and Syria's president Bashar Assad.[4] He is a journalist and businessman.[5] He became a parliament member, representing Koura after winning a seat in the general elections of 2000.[6] He chaired the Lebanese Parliament’s budget and finance committee in 2000.[7] In the 2005 general elections, he was on a list of candidates backed by Michel Aoun.[8] In the general elections of 2009, Ghosn ran for a seat from Koura, but he could not win the election.[9]

He was appointed minister of defense in June 2011.[10][11] He is part of the March 8 coalition[12] and the Change and Reform bloc in Najib Mikati's cabinet.[9] Ghosn's term ended on 15 February 2014 and Samir Mouqbel replaced him as defense minister.[13]


Ghosn is a supporter of Iran, arguing that Iran contributes to stability in the Middle East countries.[14] In December 2011, Ghosn claimed that Al Qaeda militants were entering Lebanon under the guise of Syrian opposition members.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Ghosn is married to Yona Hakim, who is the daughter of former law maker Bakhos Hakim,[5] and has two children.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Fayez Ghosn". Katagogi. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lebanon: Hezbollah dominates new cabinet of PM Mikati". BBC. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Karimi, Nasser (26 February 2012). "Iran hosts Lebanese defense minister". CNS News (Tehran). AP. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Lebanon announces cabinet line-up". Now Lebanon. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Opposition Candidates Win Elections". APS Diplomat Recorder. 9 September 2000. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Body wants funds to return all displaced". The Daily Star. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lebanese candidates reflect wild, sad history and hope". USA Today (Beirut). AP. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Elections in Lebanon" (PDF). IFES. Retrieved 22 March 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ifes" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  10. ^ El Basha, Thomas (13 June 2011). "Mikati forms 30-member Lebanon Cabinet". The Daily Star (Beirut). Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lebanon: Hezbollah dominates new cabinet of PM Mikati". BBC. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Fayez Ghosn". Now Lebanon. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Members of Lebanon's new government The Daily Star. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Lebanese defense minister hails Iranˈs contribution to regional stability". IRNA (Beirut). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Dakroub, Hussein (3 January 2012). "Franjieh alleges cover-up of Al Qaeda presence". The Daily Star. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Elias Murr
Minister of Defense
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Samir Mouqbel