Lebanon appoints first female Arab interior minister

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Lebanon appoints first female Arab interior minister

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Lebanese politician Raya Hassan made history on Thursday when she became the first woman interior minister in the Arab world.

Mrs Hassan, 51, becomes the most senior of four women in the 30-strong government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri after nine months of political wrangling.

“Proud of Lebanese women, proud of the four (female) ministers in the government, proud of the first woman ointerior minister in the Arab world, proud of the future, proud of Lebanon”, tweeted Mr Hariri on Friday.

Mrs Hassan also made headlines in 2009 when she became the first woman in the region to be appointed finance minister.

“To be honest, it was a surprise, but I am proud too, of course,” she said of her newest appointment. “Mr Hariri has trusted me twice [by giving me] two difficult ministries. It demonstrates his trust in women’s capabilities.”

Women were also appointed to run the energy, administrative development and women’s affairs portfolio. Mr Hariri’s previous Cabinet only included one woman in a junior ministerial position.

Click here to read the full article published by The National on 1 February 2019.

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