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Asher Ohana

(1945 - )

Asher Ohana is an Israeli civil servant and formerly a member of the Israeli Cabinet.

Ohana was born in Morocco in 1945.

Ohana joined Shas in 1992, and served on Beit Shemesh's local council. Between 1997 and 1998 he was director general of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and in 1999 became Shas' secretary general.

When Shas joined Ariel Sharon's national unity government in 2001, Ohana was appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, despite not being a member of the Knesset. He remained in the post until the formation of a new government following the 2003 elections.

He is married and has six children.

Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia