|Minister of Justice|
18 December 2016
|Prime Minister||Saad Hariri|
|Preceded by||Ashraf Rifi|
|Minister of Labor|
24 February 2012 – 15 February 2014
|Prime Minister||Najib Mikati|
|Preceded by||Charbel Nahas|
|Succeeded by||Sejaan Azzi|
|Born||4 April 1952|
|Political party||Free Patriotic Movement|
|Alma mater||American University of Beirut|
Salim Jreissati (born 4 April 1952) is a lawyer, retired judge and politician. He is a member of the Free Patriotic Movement led by Michel Aoun. He served as Lebanon's minister of labor between 2012 and February 2014. On 18 December 2016 he was named minister of justice.
Early life and education
Jreissati's family is from Zahle, east Lebanon. He was born there on 4 April 1952. He graduated from the American University of Beirut with a bachelor's degree in 1967. He received both the Lebanese and French degrees in law, and a diploma in private law.
Jreissati is a retired judge. He became a registered member of the Beirut Bar Association on 8 November 1974. In 1976, he began to work at the University of Saint Joseph as a lecturer. He is the former member of the Lebanese Constitutional Council (1977 - 2009). He served at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as a legal advisor for the defence team of four Hezbollah members, including Mustafa Badr Al Din, who were allegedly involved in the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. In 2010, Jressati questioned the legitimacy of STL. He was also one of the legal advisors, who contributed to the drafting of the new Syrian constitution. In addition, he served as an adviser to former president Emile Lahoud.
He is a member of the Free Patriotic Movement. He was appointed labor minister in Najib Mikati's cabinet on 24 February 2012, replacing Charbel Nahas. Jreissati was nominated by the Free Patriotic Movement leader and member of parliament Michel Aoun. After his appointment, Aoun announced that Jreissati became a member of the Change and Reform bloc, represented by ten ministers in the cabinet composed of thirty ministers.
Jreissati's term ended on 15 February when Sejaan Azzi was appointed labor minister.
Jreissati is married and has three children.
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