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last updated Jan. 4, 2010 9:54 AM (EST+7)
Nabil Shaath
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Palestinian politics Fateh PLO
Nabil Shaath, a member of Fateh, was deputy prime minister and minister of information during the ninth Palestinian government between February 2005 and March 2006. Before becoming minister of information, he was minster of foreign affairs from April 2003 and prior to that he had been minister of planning and international cooperation.

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Shaath was born in 1938 in Safad. He holds a BA in business administration from the University of Alexandria in Egypt, an MBA in finance and banking, a PhD in economics and administrative science and a JD in law from the University of Pennsylvania.

He worked as a public planning and transportation consultant, working extensively throughout the Arab world. He established the engineering and management institute as well as the center for administrative development. He taught economics at the University of Cairo, the University of Alexandria and the University of Pennsylvania, and he was dean of the school of business administration at the American University in Beirut. He founded the Dar al-Fata al-Arabi, an institution dedicated to publishing books for children and young readers.

He was first elected to the Palestinian Liberation Council (PLC) in 1996 as the representative for Khan Younis in Gaza. He has been a long-term figure in Palestinian politics. He became a member of the Fateh Central Committee in 1971 and he served as director of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) planning center in Beirut. In 1974 he headed the PLO’s first delegation to the United Nations and in 1991 he was a member of the Madrid Peace Delegation and was later involved in the negotiations with Israel that led to the signing of the Oslo Accords. Between 1993 and 1995, Shaath served as head of the Palestinian negotiation team and participated in later negotiations with Israel, including those at Camp David in 2000, and Taba in 2001. This was despite being criticized for extensive corruption by the PLC in 1997, and a PLC Commission of Inquiry finding evidence of criminal corruption in August 1998.
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