Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Uninteresting Minister Ziad Baroud

Not sure why would 250,000 Lebanese people would appreciate minister of interior is nothing fresh. Meet Ziad Baroud, a Lebanese civil servant and prominent civil society activist. He served as minister of interior and municipalities, considered to be one of the most powerful positions in the country, from 2008 to 2011 for two consecutive cabinets in both Fuad Siniora and Saad Hariri's governments.

The thing about Ziad Baroud is that he is unremarkable in so many ways. He is not particularly charismatic; he speaks in a funny accent and is rather technical in his approach. I suspect that these unthreatening ‘qualities’ were at least partly behind him getting the job in the first place, sponsored by President Suleiman. While the Maronite scene is buzzing with young aspiring scions of political families, this young minister from Kesrwan went about his business, delivering an exceptionally well organized election process in the most challenging of conditions. From "Blog"

But not to deny people are in love with this young and charming politician. He makes sure to attend social events, and charm his way in cocktail parties. I do not know much about him, but he seems to really lose the present with his focus on the future.

Ziad Baroud


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