Position: Health Minister, Libya
Biography: Until 2011, Naji Barakat was a London-based consultant paediatrician. During the early days of the civil war, he documented human rights violations committed by the Gaddafi regime, before being appointed as the NTC’s new health minister in May 2011.
Barakat was born in the Libyan town of Gharrian in 1958 and completed his primary and secondary education there before moving to Benghazi to study medicine. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Garryounis in 1984. Following this, Barakat worked for three years at a Gharrian hospital.
In 1987, he moved to Zurich to work as a paediatrician and in 1989, he moved to the UK. Barakat has been on general leave from London’s Hillingdon Hospital since early 2011 and is expected to return in early 2012. He is also an honorary consultant for the neurology department at the Great Ormond Street hospital in London.
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