Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
On Tuesday evening, the new Lebanese government was announced, which was born after nearly three months of movement An unprecedented protest It led to the resignation of the former government, Saad Hariri, and calls for the departure of the political class that has ruled Lebanon for decades.
The government consists of 20 ministers, with the exception of two, who hold ministerial portfolios for the first time, including six women, in the largest share of Lebanese women in the history of Lebanese governments.
For the first time in the history of Lebanon, a woman also holds the defense portfolio and deputy prime minister.
Zeina Aker .. unknown name
Adra is the first woman to take charge of the defense portfolio in Lebanon and the Arab countries. She is a member of the Christian Orthodox community, and was nominated by the Parliamentary “Strong Lebanon” bloc headed by the president of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gibran Bassil.
The new Minister of Defense holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences in Marketing and Management from the Lebanese American University, and is the founder and director of the “Social and Cultural Development Association” program of the Lebanese University.
She is married to Jawad Adra, a well-known businessman and general manager of the “International Information Company”, which is one of the leading companies specialized in opinion polls in Lebanon.
Aker is the CEO of her husband’s International Information Company. And for his years of experience in the world of management and research, as defined on the “International Information” site, as it leads the company’s research to projects in the Arab world and the Near East in various fields.
Powers of the Minister of Defense
It is mentioned that the Minister of Defense in Lebanon has no authority over the Lebanese Army, which is subject to the President’s behavior in accordance with the National Defense Law, while the Minister’s authority rests with the institutions affiliated with the Ministry.
However, the Lebanese Minister of Defense is a member of the Supreme Council of Defense, while he does not assume membership of the Military Council, but rather chooses a representative for it after the opinion of the army commander.
The Minister of Defense in Lebanon also proposes a name to assume the command of the army, which is appointed by decree of the government.
Abra: I ask the people to watch me and hold me accountable
# Zeina_ Aker Adra From the Ministry of Defense: From here I came to work and know that the people are not satisfied because he lost confidence but I ask him to watch and hold me accountable.
In the first message, I tell you I am the first deputy prime minister and minister of defense for your rights, which are the rights of an entire country.
Zeina Akar (@zeinaakar) January 22, 2020
While receiving the Ministry of Defense from her predecessor, Elias Bou Saab, the Minister said: “In your first message, I say that I am the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense for your rights, which are the rights of an entire country. I know that fighting corruption is one of your basic demands, and I will work to achieve this requirement through the Cabinet And my site, and I have a responsibility not only to succeed but to change for the better. ”
And considered that “the anger of the protesters in the street is natural and stems from the failure of the state and corruption over a long period of time.”
She emphasized that “she is coming to work, and I know that the people are not satisfied with the political performance in general, but I ask the people to watch me and hold me accountable.”
6 ministers in the previous history of the governments of Lebanon
Other women in the new Lebanese government are: Minister of Justice Mary Claude Negm, Minister of Labor Lamia Yamin, Minister of Youth and Sports Varti Ohanyan, Minister of Displacement Ghada Shreim, and Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad.
Diab said during the government’s announcement that it is “made up of technocrats with talent, and that it has a balanced representation of women.”
Recall that The former Minister of Interior, Raya Al-Hassan, She was the first Arab woman to hold this position.