Saeed Abu Ali

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Saeed Abu Ali
Governor of Nablus Governorate[1]
In office
Preceded byMahmoud Aloul
Succeeded byKamal Sheikh
Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate[2]
In office
10 September 2006 – May 2009
Succeeded byLaila Ghannam
Minister of Interior[3]
In office
19 May 2009 – 2 June 2014
Preceded byAbdel Razak al-Yehiyeh
Succeeded byRami Hamdallah
Personal details

Saeed Abdul Rahman Ahmed Abu Ali (Arabic: سعيد عبد الرحمن أحمد أبو علي; born 1955) is a Palestinian politician and jurist. He held important roles in the Palestinian presidency. He was the governor of the governorates of Nablus, Ramallah and Al-Bireh. Also was the Palestinian Minister of Interior, and he currently holds the position of Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab Nations.

Early life and education[edit]

Saeed Abu Ali was born in 1955, in the Jenin Governorate, northern part of West Bank, State of Palestine. He studied bachelor's degree in law from Al-Quds University. Then he moved to Tunisia, and joined the Palestine Liberation Organization. He obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism and information, a master's degree in 1989 in political science and a doctorate in law in 1995. In 1992 he got doctorate in international organizations from University of Toulouse, France. In 2015 he received a degree Professor from Al-Quds University.[citation needed]


The positions held by Abu Ali are:

  • 1980–1984: Member of the Permanent Delegate of Palestine to the Arab League of Nations.
  • 1984–1989: Director of Arab Affairs at the Palestinian Planning Center in Tunis.
  • 1989–1995: Adviser to the Embassy of the Palestine Liberation Organization
  • 1995–2002: Director General of the Presidential Secretariat.
  • 2002–2005: Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat.
  • 2005: Governor of the Ministry of the Interior and National Security and Coordinator for Governor's Affairs.
  • 2005: Assistant to the Secretary General of the Presidency in the Ministry of the Interior and National Security to the Palestinian Presidency & coordinator for governorate affairs.
  • 2005–2006: Governor of Nablus Governorate.
  • 2006–2009: Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate.
  • 2009–2014: Minister of Interior.
  • 2016–present: Assistant Secretary-General and President of the Palestine Sector and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.[citation needed]

Abu Ali also worked since 1995 and at various times as a lecturer at the rank of associate professor in several Palestinian universities like Al-Azhar University, Birzeit University and Al-Quds University.[citation needed]


  • On 25 August 2013, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saeed Abu Ali awarded the Jerusalem Military Star Order.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "الرئيس يصدر قراراً بإنتداب سعيد أبو علي محافظاً لنابلس". WAFA Agency.
  2. ^ Wafa agency[dead link]
  3. ^ Government (in Arabic)

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