Hussein Al Oweini

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Hussein Al Oweini
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18th Prime Minister of Lebanon
In office
20 February 1964 – 25 July 1965
President Charles Helou
Preceded by Rashid Karami
Succeeded by Rashid Karami
Interim Prime Minister of Lebanon
In office
14 February 1951 – 7 April 1951
President Bechara El Khoury
Preceded by Riad Al Solh
Succeeded by Abdullah Arif Yafi
Personal details
Born (1900-12-24)24 December 1900
Beirut, Ottoman Empire
Died 10 December 1971(1971-12-10) (aged 70)
Beirut, Lebanon

Hussein Al Oweini (24 December 1900 – 10 December 1971)[1][2] was a Lebanese businessman and politician, who served as prime minister of Lebanon for two times. He also held other cabinet positions.

Early life[edit]

Oweini was born in 1900.[3] He was a member of a Sunni family from Beirut.[4]


Oweini went to Saudi Arabia and worked as a business agent for the Saudi royal family from 1923 to 1947.[5] He also founded a company, Ne'ma Te'ma, in Riyadh.[6] He served as Prime Minister of Lebanon for two times. He was first appointed prime minister on 14 February 1951 under president Bechara El Khoury[4][7] and replaced Riad Al Solh in the post. He was in office until 7 April 1951 and succeeded by Abdullah Arif Yafi.[3] On 27 September 1957, Oweini and two other former prime ministers, namely Saeb Salam and Abdullah Yufi, were arrested on charges of planning an armed coup and riots during the elections held in May.[8]

Oweini's second term as prime minister was from 20 February 1964 to 25 July 1965 under president Charles Helou.[9][10] Both his predecessor and successor was Rashid Karami as prime minister.[3] Oweini was the leader of the National Front.[11] He also served as foreign minister of Lebanon for three times; from 1958 to 1960, in 1965 and from 1968 to 1969.[12] During his third term as foreign minister, Oweini was also defense minister, since the cabinet was a four-man body led by Prime Minister Abdullah Yafi.[13]


Oweini died on 10 December 1971, aged 70.[12]


For his memory an award, Hussein Al Oweini award, is being given.[14]


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  4. ^ a b R. Hrair Dekmejian (1975). Patterns of Political Leadership: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon. SUNY Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-87395-291-0. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Mehio, Saad (9 July 2002). "Prime Minister Alwaleed bin Talal? For what?". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Riyadh's guest". Ain Al Yaqeen. 21 April 2000. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Mroueh, Wassim (14 June 2011). "Looking back on almost 7 decades of Cabinet crises". The Daily Star. Beirut. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Samir Khalaf (2002). Civil and Uncivil Violence in Lebanon: A History of the Internationalization of Communal Contact. Columbia University Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-231-50536-9. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Cornell, George W. (2 December 1964). "Welcome Pope". The Evening News. Bombay. AP. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bridge stamps of Lebanon". Bridge Guys. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Wynn, Wilton (22 July 1958). "Lebanon leader predicts US troop removal". Ellensburg Daily Record. Beirut. AP. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Foreign ministers". Rulers. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "New peace plan for Middle East offered". The Dispatch. UPI. 2 January 1969. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Zahraa Shaito". American University of Beirut. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Riad Solh
Prime Minister of Lebanon
Succeeded by
Abdallah El-Yafi
Preceded by
Rashid Karami
Prime Minister of Lebanon
Succeeded by
Rashid Karami