Wael Abou Faour

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Wael Abou Faour
وائل أبو فاعور
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Minister of Public Health
In office
15 February 2014 – 18 December 2016
Prime Minister Tammam Salam
Personal details
Born (1972-08-05) August 5, 1972 (age 45)
Khalwat al-Kfeir, Hasbaya District, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Political party Progressive Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Zeina Hamedeh
Children Leen, Sara, Adham, Walid.
Alma mater American University of Beirut

Wael Abou Faour (Arabic: وائل أبو فاعور‎‎; born 1972) is a Lebanese politician who is currently the Minister of Public Health.

Early life[edit]

Faour was born in 1972 into a Lebanese Druze family.[1] He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where he received a bachelor's degree in hotel management.[2] Abou Faour is married to Zeina Hamedeh and have two daughter Sara And Leen. And two boy twins Adham and Walid.


Faour is a senior member of the Progressive Socialist Party and one of the close aides of party's leader Walid Jumblatt.[3] He was first elected deputy in 2005 as part of the Democratic Gathering bloc representing the Western Bekaa, Rashaya.[1] He served at the following parliamentary committees: agriculture and tourism, youth and sports and information technology.[1] On 11 July 2008, he was appointed state minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.[4] Faour was appointed minister of social affairs in the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati in July 2011.[5]

Wael Abou Faour revealed during a press conference on November 11, 2014 that many popular restaurants and food chains across Lebanon have been violating food safety rules, which brought about the start of a food safety campaign.


  1. ^ a b c "Profiles: Lebanon's new government". Lebanon Wire. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Speakers and High Officials" (PDF). International Youth Federation. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Hajj, Elie (4 April 2013). "Tammam Salam Likely March 14 Candidate for Lebanese Premier". Al Monitor. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Meet the government". Now Lebanon. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Cabinet". Embassy of Lebanon. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Salim Sayegh
Minister of Social Affairs
2011 – present
Succeeded by