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Omar Mahmoud Matar

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1958
  • Age: 58
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Born 1958, from Salfit, West Bank.
Member of Parliament – National List
Finance Minister.

1982 Bachelor’s Degree from Coe College USA
1986 PhD from Iowa State University, USA
1982-1986 Professor at Iowa State University
1985 Lecturer at Coe College, USA
1986-1993 Assistant Professor in Department of Economy at An Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank
1991-1993 Head of Department of Economy at An Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank
1993-Present Associate Professor at Economy Department in An Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank
1996-Present Colleague at Economic Policies Research Institute, Ramallah, West Bank
1997 Arrested for 4 months
2000-2001 Research Coordinator of Economic Policies Research Institute, Ramallah, West Bank
Arrested December 2005: Released March 16, 2006 from Mascobiya Prison
Arrested by Israel following the Shalit abduction

Notable Quotations
"We do agree on most of the document, but there are some points that need to be amended. If the points are amended, all the parties will be satisfied," on the Prisoners’ document--Xinhua, June 7, 2006 
Abbas has vetoed the formation of the new Hamas-led security force, terming it illegal while Hamas leader and Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razeq slammed the creation of the new security unit loyal to Abbas as illegal. – during the conflict between Fatah and Hamas 
--Xinhua, June 4, 2006
''When we have enough money for the rest, we will pay. We don't know when,'' on the inability of the Hamas government to pay salaries to 165,000 workers, whom Razeq promised to pay at some later point
--The Canadian Press, May 31, 2006


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