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last updated Jan. 4, 2010 2:51 PM (EST+7)
Abdel Rahman Hamad
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Abdel Rahman Hamad, a member of Fateh, was the minister of public works and housing in the emergency government of October 2003 and remained in this position for the cabinet of November 2003 to 2005.

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Hamad was born in 1944 in Beit Hanoun in Gaza. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Alexandria University and a master’s and PhD in the same field from Wisconsin University. From 1968 to 1971 Hamad worked as an engineer and reconstruction specialist in Tripoli, Libya. From 1976 to 1980 he was assistant professor in control and systems engineering at the Technology University in Baghdad. From 1979 to 1980 he was assistant dean of academic affairs in control and systems. In 1980 he joined the electrical engineering department at Birzeit University as an assistant professor. He was head of department from 1982 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1991. He was then dean of the engineering faculty at Birzeit from 1991 until 1994.

He was a delegate to the negotiations in Washington in the early 1990s. Between 1994 and 1996 he served as vice-chairman of the Palestinian housing council and as vice-chairman of the board of the Arab Corporation for Technical Development. From February 1995 he was chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority. He is chairman of the board of directors in the Gaza Electricity Distribution Corporation, and vice-chairman of the board of trustees of al-Azhar University in Gaza.

He was first elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) as the Fateh representative for the Jabaliya district in the January 1996 elections. Between 1996 and 2002 he was minister of housing and in 2002 he became the minister of natural resources and energy. In the Palestinian Authority’s October 2003 emergency government he was a minister with portfolio and in the government formed in November 2003 he was appointed minister of housing and public works. He remained in this position until the cabinet reshuffle in February 2005.
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