Elias Skaff, Lebanese politician, died at 67

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Elias Skaff, born in Zahle on October 11, 1948 and passed away October 10, 2015.

Elias is the son of the leader and ex-minister Joseph Tohme Skaff.

His mother is Helena Nilacos who is of the Greek nationality.

Elias received an elementary education in Zahle and then in New Zealand.

In 1965, he attended the Evangelical School in Zahle and then the International School of Choueifat (Charles Saad).

Elias graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1975.

Elias was elected to the parliament in 1992 as head of the Popular Bloc list as well as in 1996, 2000 and 2005.

He was appointed minister of industry in 2003 in the government of Rafik Hariri.

Then Elias served as the minister of agriculture in 2004 and 2005 in the Omar Karami government.

He also participated in the sessions of National Dialogue in his capacity as head of the parliamentary Popular Bloc in 2006.

In July 2008, Elias was appointed agriculture minister to the cabinet of then prime minister Fouad Siniora. Skaff lost his seat in 2009 elections.

Elias Skaff married to Myriam Gebran Tawk and has two children: Joseph and Gebran.

Elias Skaff reestablished the political newspaper Al Asr in 2000.


He died at age 67 on October 10, 2015.


 

 

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