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Akram Hussein Chehayeb (Arabic: أكرم شهيب‎; born 17 October 1947) is a Lebanese Druze politician who is a member of the Progressive Socialist Party headed by Walid Jumblatt. Cheheyab is a long-term member of the parliament and has also served in different cabinet and parliamentary posts. He is the current Minister of Education and Higher Education.

Akram Chehayeb
Minister of Education and Higher Education
Assumed office
1 February 2019
Prime MinisterSaad Hariri
Preceded byMarwan Hamadeh
Minister of Environment
In office
20 February 1996 – 29 November 1998
Prime MinisterRafic Harriri
Minister of Agriculture
In office
15 February 2014 – 18 December 2016
Prime MinisterTammam Salam
Minister of Displaced
In office
9 November 2009 – 13 June 2011
Prime MinisterSaad Hariri
Preceded byRaymond Audi
Succeeded byAlaaeddine Terro
Personal details
Born (1947-10-17) 17 October 1947 (age 71)
Aley, Lebanon
Political partyProgressive Socialist Party
Spouse(s)Salma J.Chehayeb
Alma materArab University of Beirut
Cairo University Lebanese University


Early life and educationEdit

Chehayeb was born in Aley on 17 October 1947.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in Biology from the Arab University of Beirut and a master's degree in history from Cairo University in 1982.[2]


Chehayeb was a supporter of the Baath party and Saddam Hussein during his youth.[3] Then he became a member of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) in 1979.[3] He worked as a history professor at Lebanese University in Aley.[3] In 1984, he became office manager of Jumblatt.[3] From 1985 to 1991 he served as the director of the PSP in Damascus.[1] In 1992, he won the election, being a representative for Beirut. In the 1996 elections, Chehayeb won the Druze seat in Aley.[3] Chahayeb served as minister of environment from 1996 to 1998.[1][4] He also won the same seat in the general elections of 2000.[5] From 2005 to 2009 he was the head of Lebanese environment committee.[1] In 2009, he was appointed minister of displaced to the cabinet headed by then prime minister Saad Hariri, replacing Raymond Audi.[6] Chehayeb's tenure ended in 2011, and he was succeeded by Alaaeddine Terro as minister.[7]

Chehayeb also won Druze seat in Aley in the 2009 general election,[8] and is part of the National Struggle Front bloc, which is under the control of Walid Jumblatt.[9]

In February 2013 Akram Chehayeb became part of Tammam Salam's government as minister of agriculture.[10] His term ended on 18 December 2016 when a new government led by Saad Hariri was formed.

Personal lifeEdit

Chehayeb is married to Salma Jurdi Chehayeb and has four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "His Excellency Deputy Akram Hussien Shuhaib". Arab Decision. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  2. ^ "New Lebanese Cabinet Announced". Wikileaks. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ibrahim, Roula (23 September 2012). "Walid Jumblatt and His Two Right Hands". Al Akhbar. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  4. ^ "The Campaign to Clean Up the Coastline and Underwater". Operation Big Blue. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Opposition Candidates Win Elections". APS Diplomat Recorder. 9 September 2000. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Lebanon's new Government" (PDF). International Foundation for Electoral Systems. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ "New justice minister says he will not engage in vengeful behavior". The Daily Star. Beirut. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  8. ^ "New Parliament Composition" (PDF). Lebanese Information Center. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Chehayeb: Syrian regime is reviving its tutelage role in Lebanon". Ya Libnan. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Who is who in the new Lebanese cabinet". Yalibnan. Beirut. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Audi
Minister for the Displaced
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Alaaeddine Terro