Bahia Hariri

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Bahia Hariri
Leader of the Future Movement in the Parliament of Lebanon
In office
7 May 2018 – 21 May 2022
Preceded byFouad Siniora
Minister of Education and Higher Learning
In office
11 July 2008 – 9 November 2009
Prime MinisterFouad Siniora
Preceded byKhaled Kabbani
Succeeded byHassan Mneimneh
Member of the Lebanese Parliament
In office
23 August 1992 – 21 May 2022
ConstituencySidon (1992, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2018)
Personal details
Born (1952-06-23) 23 June 1952 (age 71)
Sidon, Lebanon
Political partyFuture Movement
SpouseMustafa Hariri

Bahia Hariri (Arabic: بهية الحريري) (born 23 June 1952) is a Lebanese politician[1] and sister of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Bahia Hariri was born in Sidon, Lebanon, on 23 June 1952[4] to a Sunni Muslim family. Her two brothers are Shafic and Rafik Hariri.[3] She graduated from the Teacher Training College in Sidon.[4]


Hariri worked as a teacher upon graduation in Sidon and southern Lebanon until 1979.[3] She then headed the Hariri Foundation in Sidon, founded by her brother Rafik Hariri in 1979.[3][4] The foundation is a major educational and charitable institution.

In 1992, Hariri was elected as member of Parliament for the Sunni seat in Saida.[4] She was reelected in 1996 and 2000 for the same seat.[5] From July 2008 to November 2009 she was the minister of education.[3]

She was again elected to Parliament in June 2009. She headed the Parliamentary commission for education and culture in the Lebanese Parliament, in addition to being member of the Parliamentary commission for foreign and immigration affairs. She is also a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO,[6] and heads the Islamic Organization for Higher Education. She serves on the Advisory Council of World Links Arab Region.

Personal life[edit]

Bahia Hariri is married to her cousin Mustafa Hariri.[3] They married in 1973 and have four children: Nader (born 1976),[3] Ghena (born 1979), Ahmad (born 1983)[3] and Ola (1988).[4]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • Lebanese Cedar Award, Lieutenant rank, in recognition for services in Social and Cultural fields (1989)


  1. ^ Are Knudsen; Sari Hanafi (2010). Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant. Taylor & Francis. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-415-58046-5.
  2. ^ "Bahia Hariri". Prestige Magazine. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ward Vloeberghs (July 2012). "The Hariri Political Dynasty after the Arab Spring". Mediterranean Politics. 17 (2): 241–248. doi:10.1080/13629395.2012.694046. S2CID 154581954.
  4. ^ a b c d e Who's Who in Lebanon (19th ed.). Beirut: Publitec Publications. 2007. p. 162. doi:10.1515/9783110945904.476. ISBN 978-3-598-07734-0.
  5. ^ "Opposition Candidates Win Elections". APS Diplomat Recorder. 9 September 2000. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. ^ "UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Bahia Hariri pays visit to the Director-General calling for the need to reaffirm the full respect for Human Rights in light of the current wave of protests and violence". Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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