Ahmad Karami

Ahmad Mustafa Karami (29 August 1944 – 5 July 2020) was a Sunni Lebanese politician and minister of state in the cabinet of Najib Mikati.[1]

Ahmad Karami
أحمد كرامي
Minister of State
In office
13 June 2011 – March 2013
Prime MinisterNajib Mikati
Personal details
Born29 August 1944
Tripoli, Lebanon
Died5 July 2020(2020-07-05) (aged 75)
Beirut, Lebanon
Spouse(s)Zeina Al Nabhani
Alma materBeirut Arab University

Early life and educationEdit

Karami was from a powerful political family based in Tripoli.[2][3] His father, Mustafa Karami, founded the National Youth Party in 1933.[2] Former Prime Ministers Rashid Karami and Omar Karami were both his cousins.[2][4]

Ahmad Karami was born in Tripoli on 29 August 1944.[1][5] He held a bachelor's degree in economics and political science, which he received from the Beirut Arab University in 1970.


Karami served as the director of Tripoli's port from 1973 to 1991.[2] Then he became the deputy of Tripoli in the 1996 and 2009 general elections.[6][7] He was elected on Saad Hariri's list in the 2009 elections.[8]

Karami supported the premiership of Mikati in 2011 after the cabinet of Saad Hariri collapsed.[9] Karami was appointed minister of state in June 2011 to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati.[8][10] Mikati appointed him to the cabinet.[9] Karami was one of the non-affiliated members of the Mikati cabinet.[11] He was also among seven Sunni ministers in the cabinet.[12] His term ended in March 2013 when prime minister Najib Mikati resigned due to dispute with Hezbollah members in the cabinet.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Karami was married to Zeina Al Nabhani and had three children. He died on 5 July 2020 at the hospital of American University of Beirut following a sudden illness.[1][14]


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  2. ^ a b c d Itamar Rabinovich (1 September 1989). Middle East Contemporary Survey, 1987: 1985. The Moshe Dayan Center. p. 531. ISBN 978-0-8133-0925-5. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  3. ^ Joseph, Suad (July 2011). "Political Familism in Lebanon". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 636: 150–163. doi:10.1177/0002716211398434.
  4. ^ "Jumblatt Remains with March 14 Despite Talks with Berri, While Hariri Reportedly Meets with Hizballah". Wikileaks. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Ahmad Karami's profile". Katagogi. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. ^ "MP Ahmed Karami says has priority to get the Sunni cabinet seat". Ya Libnan. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Elections in Lebanon" (PDF). IFES. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Lebanon announces cabinet line-up". Now Lebanon. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Minister karami: No one can mess with STL's affairs". Ya Libnan. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Ahmad Karami". Beirut. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  11. ^ "The New Lebanese Government" (Assessment Report). Lebanese Information Center. July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Lebanon's Mikati cabinet profiles, shares and sectarian allocations". Lebanonwire. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  13. ^ Laila Bassam (22 March 2013). "Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigns". Reuters. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Former minister Ahmad Karami passes away". MTV Lebanon. Retrieved 6 July 2020.