Michel Murr

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Michel Murr
Born1932 (age 79–80)
Metn
NationalityLebanese
OccupationEngineer, politician and businessman
Home townBteghrine
ReligionGreek Orthodox Christian
RelativesNayla Tueni
Elias Murr
Gebran Tueni
 
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Michel Murr
Born1932 (age 79–80)
Metn
NationalityLebanese
OccupationEngineer, politician and businessman
Home townBteghrine
ReligionGreek Orthodox Christian
RelativesNayla Tueni
Elias Murr
Gebran Tueni

Michel Murr (Arabic: ميشال المرّ‎) is a Lebanese politician and businessman.

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Early life and education

Michel Murr was born to a Greek Orthodox Christian family in the Metn village of Bteghrine in 1932.[1] His father Elias Akary is a member of the Syriac Orthodox church.[2] He received engineering education.[1]

Political career

Michel Murr lived in West Africa during much of the 1960s and made a sizable fortune there in the construction industry.[1] He returned to Lebanon and then, was elected to parliament in 1968 by aligning himself with Pierre Gemayel who dominated politics in the predominantly Maronite Christian Metn district. Murr lost his reelection bid in 1972, a defeat which he is said to have blamed on Gemayel.[1]

After 1975-76 Civil war, he supported the Phalange militia and the Lebanese Forces (LF), but not its "Arabist" camp, along with Karim Pakradouni. In the mid-1980s, he supported the pro-Syrian LF faction of Elie Hobeika and participated in the negotiation of the Tripartite Accord, an agreement by Hobeika, Druze chieftain Walid Jumblatt and Amal leader Nabih Berri that would have legalized the Syrian presence in Lebanon.[1] Hobeika and Murr were subsequently ousted from the LF by Samir Geagea. They spent the rest of the war years in Syrian-controlled Zahle, waiting for the day when Damascus would complete its occupation of Lebanon.[1]

Following Syria's takeover of Beirut in October 1990, he was rewarded for his loyalty to the Syrians and assumed the post of Defense Minister. After serving as Defense Minister for several years, in 1994 he was appointed Interior Minister.[1]

He is the current leader of the Metn Bloc that is an independent political party.[3]

Personal life

His son, Elias Murr, married Karine Lahoud, the daughter of then-Army Commander Emile Lahoud in 1992.[1] He is the grandfather of Lebanese politician Nayla Tueni and ex-father-in-law of late Gebran Tueni.

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Abdelnour, Ziad K. (June 2003). "Michel and Elias Murr". Middle East Intellligence Bulletin 5 (6). http://www.meforum.org/meib/articles/0306_ld.htm. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Corruption made in Lebanon". France 24. 6 December 2009. http://observers.france24.com/content/20090612-scene-corruption-made-lebanon-michel-murr-akary. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lebanon Government Profile 2012". Index Mundi. http://www.indexmundi.com/lebanon/government_profile.html. Retrieved 13 June 2012.