Tammam Salam:
40 years in politics


BEIRUT - As the new cabinet is formed, NOW publishes the resume of new prime minister, Tammam Salam:


-Tammam Saeb Salam, first born son of former Prime Minister Saeb Salam, was born in 1945.


-He received his elementary education at Lycee franco-libanaise and his intermediate education in Beit Al Atfal - Al Makassed and Victoria College in Egypt. He received his secondary education at Brummana High School.


-For his university education Salam traveled to England in 1965 where he studied economics and business management. He returned to Lebanon in 1965 to work in business.


-He was head of the Arab Works Company between 1969 and 1982 but was always inclined to political work so in the early seventies he worked alongside his father. In 1974, he established the Pioneers of Reform Movement which was able to attract youths from a number of areas in Beirut. However, he quickly froze the PRM’s activity at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 and 1976 to prevent it from turning into an armed movement.


-Salam was able, during the war years, to organize political activities launched from his father’s house in Mouseitbeh, which aimed to mend damaged relations and preserve dialogue between the Lebanese.


-In 1983, Salam took up his father’s position as head of Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association. He remained in the position until the year 2000 and is now the association’s honorary president. Salam also set up Voice of the Nation, Makassed’s radio station in Beirut.


-In 1996, Salam was elected as an MP in the Lebanese parliament but lost his seat in the 2000 elections. He took part in the 2009 elections in alliance with Saad Hariri and was able to achieve success. He is a current member of the committees for Foreign and Expatriate affairs and National Economy.


-From 2008 to 2009 he served as Minister of Culture in Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.


-Salam is married to Lama Badreddine and they have three children: Saeb, Tammima and Thuraya.

Lebanon's newly named Prime Minister Tammam Salam (Anwar Amro/AFP)

Tammam Saeb Salam, first born son of former Prime Minister Saeb Salam, was born in 1945.

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    So basically, an average-to-mediocre background that, thanks only to his genetic background (as once a male gamete in his father's gonads that lucked out in scoring!), catapulted him into political power. Not unlike the majority in the Lebanese political pantheon where the mechanism of hereditary transmission of political power rules supreme, regardless of inbreeding, imbecility, propensity for treason, incompetence, and other such feudal qualifications. Not to be unfair to Lebanon, this is something Lebanon shares with its Arab brothers (you know, the Assads, Mubaraks, Qaddafis.... etc, in the so-called republics, and the Sauds, the Sabbahs, etc. in the monarchies). The sad thing, though, is that the Bald Man just dawning on us, just like all the others, will continue by incompetence and tradition to keep Lebanon the familiar cesspool of corruption and violence. I think the Lebanese proverb will aptly apply to Mr. Salam: جبنا الاقرع ليشجعنا، كشف عن قرعته وفزعنا which translates into "We brought the bald man to encourage us, instead he uncovered his bald head and scared us." So, yes, Mr. Kairouz, I too wish him lots of luck.

    February 16, 2014

  • gabriel.kairouz

    Ma Bisaeb Illa Ibn Saeb ... Good luck , I hope you bring peace , security and much needed prosperity to every Lebanese .

    February 16, 2014