MP Jean Obeid Dies after Covid Diagnosis
MP Jean Obaid passed away at the age of 82 after contracting coronavirus, media reports said.
Obeid is a Lebanese journalist and politician, who served at different cabinet posts last of which was foreign minister of Lebanon from 2003 to 2004
He was born in Alma, a village in the Zgharta district, on 8 May 1939.
He was an advisor on Arab affairs to two former Lebanese Presidents, Elias Sarkis and Amin Gemayel (1983-1987). Gemayel also appointed him special envoy to Syria.
On 11 February 1987, Obeid met with Parliament Speaker Hussein Husseini and was kidnapped by nine gunmen in west Beirut. Obeid was freed unhurt after four days.
Obeid served as a member of the parliament, representing Chouf from 1991 to 1992 and Tripoli from 1992 to 2005. He served as minister of state in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 1993. Then he was named as the minister of national education, youth and sports.He was in office from 1996 to 1998.
On 17 April 2003, he was appointed foreign minister in a reshuffle to the last cabinet of Hariri, replacing Mahmoud Hammoud in the post. Obeid's tenure ended in 2004 and he was succeeded by Mahmoud Hammoud as foreign minister.
In 2008, he ran for the presidential elections and was considered to be a possible consensus candidate. Jean Obeid was a candidate for President of Lebanon and participated in the 2014 Lebanese presidential election.
In May 2018, he made his comeback in the Lebanese parliament by winning the Maronite seat for the constituency of Tripoli.