Hussein Hajj Hassan
|Hussein Hajj Hassan|
|Minister of Industry|
15 February 2014
|Prime Minister||Tammam Salam
|Preceded by||Panos Manjian|
|Minister of Agriculture|
9 November 2009 – 15 February 2014
|Prime Minister||Saad Hariri
|Preceded by||Elias Skaff|
|Succeeded by||Akram Chehayeb|
|Born||1960 (age 56–57)|
|Alma mater||University of Orléans|
Early life and education
Political career and views
Hajj Hassan is a member of the Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah. He ran on the latter's electoral list in Lebanon's 1996 general election and was elected MP of the Beqaa's Baalbeck/Hermel constituency. In May 1998, he argued that although Islamic state is an ideal solution, Hezbollah is aware of its inapplicability in Lebanon.
He was reelected in the 2000, 2005 and 2009 polls. In 2009, he was among Hezbollah's 11 members of parliament. In June 2009, he met with the then European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Beirut, representing Hezbollah. From 2000 to 2005 he led the parliamentary commission on agriculture and tourism. He is part of the "Loyalty to the Resistance", an opposition parliamentary bloc.
He was named on 9 November 2009 minister of agriculture in Saad Hariri's national unity government. In January 2011, he and other two ministers, Gebran Bassil and Mohamad Jawad Khalifeh, resigned from the cabinet, leading to the collapse of Hariri government.
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