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last updated Jan. 27, 2010 11:47 AM (EST+7)
Azzam Ahmed
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Palestinian politics Fateh
Azzam Ahmed is a member of the Fateh party. He was deputy prime minister and minister of state in the national unity government formed in March 2007.

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Ahmed was born in 1947 in Jenin and holds a BA in economics from Baghdad University, Iraq. He was head of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) in Iraq between 1971 and 1974 and deputy head of the GUPS Executive Committee from 1974 to 1980. From 1979 to 1994 Ahmed was the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) representative to Iraq.

In 1989, Ahmed was elected to the Fateh Revolutionary Council. In 1996, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to represent Jenin. He was also appointed minister of public works and housing and served in this position until 1998. In June 2002, he was re-appointed minister of public works and housing before being appointed minister of telecommunications and information technology in April 2003. He served in this capacity until February 2005. Following the 2006 legislative elections, Ahmed was appointed head of the Fateh bloc in the PLC. He was re-appointed to cabinet when the national unity government was formed in March 2007 as deputy prime minister and minister of state. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council.
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