Ziad Abu Amr

Ziad Abu Amr (Arabic زياد أبو عمرو, DMG Ziyad Abū ʿ Amr; * 1950 in Gaza ) is a Palestinian politician, author, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. From March 18, 2007 until June 17, 2007 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority.


Abu Amr was born in 1950 in Gaza City, and later studied at the University of Damascus in Syria, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and language. He received a master's and doctorate in comparative politics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After working as a teacher in Bahrain, Oman and Syria, he began teaching political science at Birzeit University in Ramallah in 1985. Abu Amr is married and father of four children.

Political career

As an independent candidate in the Palestinian parliamentary elections of 1996, he won a seat in the Palestinian Legislative Council (Palestinian Legislative Council, PLC ) in Gaza City. During this time he was chairman of the Political Committee of the PLC.

From April to October 2003, he was Minister of Culture in the government of Prime Minister (now President ) Mahmoud Abbas.

In the parliamentary elections on 25 January 2006 he was re-elected with 5,748 votes ..

After a violent confrontation in the Palestinian territories in the spring of 2007, the Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh became prime minister in a new government of national unity with Abu Amr as foreign minister. The cabinet was confirmed by the PLC on 18 March 2007. In June 2007, Hamas took Gaza by force under their control, which led to a split in the Palestinian territories. By President Mahmoud Abbas Prime Minister Haniyya was released on 14 June 2007 and dissolved the government. As the successor Salam Fayyad was determined whose Notkabinett was sworn in on 17 June 2007.

He is associated with many political organizations, including the Palestine Center in Washington, DC, the Palestinian Council on Foreign Relations, and MIFTAH, a Palestinian civil rights organization.

Political Views and Views

Abu Amr is a reformer and a part of the " young guard " of the Palestinian leadership. He has spoken from time to time critical of the Palestinian Authority administration and security services. He mediated talks between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, and is widely respected by the two groups.


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