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February 01, 2012

RIP Nassib Lahoud, a rare Lebanese Politician

February 01, 2012

February 01, 2012

In a country where honesty in politics is scarce, Nassib Lahoud was always the exception. This morning, he passed away after a long illness. Lahoud was active in the 14th of March movement that led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon. While most of the 14th of March figures were either former warlords who committed crimes against humanity during Lebanon's civil war, or corrupt politicians, Lahoud, among a few others, was a principled and honest politician. He has held various political posts including Ambassador to the United States, Member of Parliament and Minister of State (both positions were also held by his father, Selim Lahoud). He has also been at various times, a serious presidential contender; according to many activists and politicians, he would have restored the presidency's long lost role in Lebanese politics.


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