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AKRAM HASSON (Arabic : أكرم حسون‎‎, Hebrew : אכרם חסון‎, born 2 July 1959) is a Druze Israeli politician who serves as a member of the Knesset for Kulanu
Kulanu
. He previously served as an MK for Kadima between 2012 and 2013, becoming leader of the party in 2015, the first time a Druze had led a Jewish party.

BIOGRAPHY

After doing his national service between 1978 and 1981, Hasson worked as Director of Youth and Sports at a local council . The following year he briefly worked as a teacher in a high school in Daliyat al-Karmel and the prison system, before starting work at a law firm in Haifa
Haifa
. He left the firm in 1986 and became director of the Daliyat al-Karmel community centre. In 1989 he became Deputy Mayor of the city, a position he held until 1998.

In 1996 he graduated with a BA in education, gaining a master's degree in business and education administration the following year. In 1997 he became a headteacher, before working as the Director of the Israeli branch of the University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln
from 1998 until 2001. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD. Between 2003 and 2008 he served as mayor of Carmel City
Carmel City
and a member of the Planning and Building Committee in Haifa. Since 2005 he been a member of the Committee for Changing the System of Government in Israel.

He was placed 35th on the Kadima list for the 2009 Knesset elections . Although the party won only 28 seats, Hasson entered the