21-11-2018 09:42 PM Jerusalem Timing

Former Minister, MP Elias Skaff Dies at 67

Former Minister, MP Elias Skaff Dies at 67

Former Minister and MP Elias Joseph Skaff passed away on Saturday after a long battle with illness.

Former Minister and MP Elias Joseph Skaff passed away on Saturday after a long battle with illness.

SkaffSkaff, who died at 67, was first elected an MP in the eastern Bekaa Valley in 1992 following the death of his father ex-Minister Joseph Skaff and later in 1996.

He was reelected for the eastern city of Zahle's Catholic seat in 2001 and 2005.

He also served as minister in several governments between 2003 and 2009.

Skaff was born in Cyprus on October 11, 1948 and spent his childhood in New Zealand with his mother where he received his primary eduction.

He returned to Lebanon at the age of 16 and continued his education at a school in Shwaifat. He graduated in 1975 from the Faculty of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut.

Skaff is survived by his wife Miriam Jebran Tawq and their two children Joseph and Jebran.