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A new 20-minister government formed with 6 women ministers, including first Arab woman defense minister

22-1-2020

Breaking a 3-month deadlock, a new government was formed yesterday with an unprecedented presence of 6 women ministers out of 20, including one for defense, a first in Lebanon and the Arab world, recalling that the previous government had 4 women out of 30 ministers. The six women ministers in the 2020 Cabinet are: defense: Zeina Akar Adra, also chosen as deputy prime minister; justice: Marie Claude Najm; displaced: Ghada Shreim; labor: Lamya Yammin Dweihi; information: Manal Abdel Samad and sports and youth: Varteh Ohanian. Below is a brief synopsis of them: Akar, is close to the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), holds a degree in social sciences- marketing from AUB, runs Information International, publisher of a monthly journal. Najm, is also close to FPM, BA in law, MA in private law, PhD in international private law, heads the Faculty of Law and Political Science at USJ and the Center of Legal Studies and Research for the Arab World. Shreim, FPM, PhD in French literature, director of the Faculty of Arts at Lebanese University (LU)- Zahleh Branch and a feminist activist. Yammin, Marada Movement, master’s in architecture from LU, consultant architect and university professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, LU. Abdel Samad, Lebanese Democratic Party, PhD in law from Sorbonne University, lecturer at USJ, former head of the Department of Legislation and Tax Policies, VAT Directorate, ministry of finance. Ohanian, Tashnak Party, project management at Haigazian University, social work activist. (Al Diyar, An Nahar, January 22, 2020)

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