Prime Minister Omar Karami passes away

JANUARY 1, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Former Prime Minister, Omar Karami, passed away at dawn Thursday at the age of 80, after battling with illness at the medical center at the American University of Beirut.

It is the family of the deceased who announced the news in a statement released this morning.

The National News Agency presents its sincere condolences to the Karami family.

Brief overview of the life of the deceased:

Omar Karami was born March 17, 1935 in Tripoli, North Lebanon.

Born into a political family par excellence, his father, Abdul Hamid Karami, is a man of Independence, governor and deputy mufti of North Lebanon and former prime minister.

Omar Karami began his studies at the American University of Beirut before heading to Cairo, where he earned a law degree in 1956.

In politics, he was elected several times as a member of the capital of North Lebanon and held the ministerial portfolios of Education and Fine Arts in 1989.

Twice prime minister, his governments are respectively removed by the people in 1992 (for socio-economic reasons) and 2005 (after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri).