Former Lebanese PM Rashid al-Solh passes away at 88

Rashid solhFormer  Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid al-Solh passed away on Friday evening at the age of 88, National News Agency reported

He was the fourth member of the Solh  family to become premier, after Riad al-Solh, Sami al-Solh, and Taqieddine al-Solh.

 He first  served as the prime minister from October 1974 until May 1975.

Solh , who developed a reputation as a champion of the working class resigned in May 1975 few weeks after the eruption of the Lebanese Civil War.

Al-Solh served as a Beirut MP in seven parliamentary terms, and was the Minister of Interior in his own cabinet in 1974.

His second term as Premier came in May 1992 following the resignation of ex-PM Omar Karami’s cabinet. Back then, late president Elias Hrawi asked him to form a cabinet that  secures holding the first parliamentary elections after the war. The infamous vote was then boycotted by the main Christian political parties in the country.

Al-Solh’s second term as Premier lasted for five months only.

The funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Ouzai mosque in southern Beirut, and al-Solh will be laid to rest near the Imam al-Ouzai shrine in the region.

And condolences will be received before and after the funeral on Saturday at the former PM’s house in Ain al-Tineh, and on Sunday and Monday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Rafik Hariri Hall in al-Amin mosque in downtown Beirut.

Solh praised

The current Lebanese Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, said on Saturday that the death of Rashid Solh meant the absence of a statesman “who played an important political role” in different and decisive phases in the country’s history.

In this context, Salam issued a circular on Saturday  ordering on behalf of the government, three days of national mourning starting Saturday, June 28. The flags will fly at half-mast above state institutions. Radio and state television will also stop their regular shows.

Former PM Saad Hariri, meanwhile, said al-Solh dedicated his life to serve the people of Beirut.

“He served Lebanon with wisdom and a national sense that is a characteristic of the Solh family,” Hariri said in a statement.

 

 

  • 5thDrawer

    Only the Good die young … they say … but they ALL gotta go sometime.
    And ‘the system’ should too.
    Although the ‘regional’ bit may be contained in Hariri’s comment …”dedicated his life to serve the people of Beirut” … and thus undoubtably his own ‘family’.

    But WHAT and WHO will YOU LEBANON replace them with??

  • Rola

    Does the Former Lebanese PM Rashid al-Solh has Grandson’s or Grand Daughters ?