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Georges Saadeh

Georges Saadeh (Arabic: جورج سعاده‎) (November 21, 1930 – November 17, 1998) was a Lebanese politician. He was appointed as a minister in several governments and was the head of the Kataeb Party for twelve years.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Death and legacy 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Saadeh was born in Chabtine, a small village in the caza of Batroun. He was the third child of a poor Maronite family of six boys. His father was a cavalier in the Lebanese Interior Security Forces. He studied Arabic literature at the Lebanese Academy for Fine Arts and then graduated with a PhD from the Salamanca University in Spain.

Political career

He entered the Kataeb Party at the age of 15 and after his return from Spain, he became Pierre Gemayel's advisor. Saadeh became one of the Kataeb's most acclaimed orators but was still an employee in the Lebanese Ministry of Education when the party asked him to run for the Batroun legislative election in 1968. That same year, he won the elections and graduated from Law school.

He was an MP in Parliament Caza of Batroun from 1968 to 1992, when he boycotted the 1992 parliamentary elections. In 1986, Georges Saadeh became the head of the Kataeb Party after winning the elections over Dr Elie Karameh. He was supported by Pierre Gemayel's first camarades "the old guard" and by Samir Geagea's Lebanese Forces. He was head of the Kataeb Party from 1986 till his death in 1998 and head of the Lebanese Front after the death of the President of Lebanon H.E Camille Chamoun. He was the main collaborator of president elect H.E. Bashir Gemayel and was elected at the second round of the 1989 presidential elections.

He held several ministerial positions: minister of planning in the government of Saeb Salam in 1972, minister of transportation and public works in the government of Rachid El Solh 1974 and inister of telecommunication in the governments of Salim El Hoss in 1989, of Rachid Karami in 1990, of Rachid El Solh in 1990.

In 1989, Georges Saadeh became a Christian leader and a supporter of the Taif Agreement. He was the subject of an attempted assassination by a car bomb in 1989 in Furn El Chebbak.

Death and legacy

In 1998, he wrote his book My story with the Taif Agreement in which he revealed secrets of the then-controversial agreement that is now acclaimed but died November 17, 1998, of cancer before the distribution of the book in which his elder son was in charge.

He left behind a wife, Lily El Khazen, and three children: Samer (a member of Parliament representing the Kataeb Party parliamentarian bloc), Myra and Rami. His son Samer decided to pursue the political work.[1]

References

  1. ^ """Saadeh: This week is decisive; we will not accept "crumbs. October 12, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
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