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Mohamad Shatah killed in Beirut's blast

BEIRUT |, with agencies - December 27, 2013, 12h48
A blast in Beirut Downtown on Friday 27: at least 5 dead and 70 wounded. - Photo: National News Agency
The explosion in Beirut on Friday December 27 targeted the convoy of Former Lebanese Minister Mohamad Shatah, said the National News Agency. Mohamad Shatah died in the explosion, along with five people.  About 70 people were wounded.
The blast occurred as Shatah was on his way to participate in a meeting downtown.

Mohamad Shatah “was an advocate of peace among the Lebanese people against violence, as he always rebuffed conflict and sectarian tensions between Lebanese parties”, said former Lebanese Minister of Culture, Tarek Mitri, currently heading the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

A Lebanese economist and diplomat, Mohamad Shatah was a key element in Hariri’s Future Movement, even if he is officially considered an independent figure in Lebanese politics. He was named vice-president of the Central Lebanese Bank in the middle of the 90s. He served as senior adviser to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora from August 2005 to July 2008 and PM Saad Hariri from August 2009 to January 2011. He was named Minister of Finance in Fouad Siniora’s government in 2008.

A fierce opponent to Hezbollah, Shatah published a tweet about 2 hours before he died, criticizing the Party of God’s policy in Lebanon.

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