Nassib Lahoud Dies after Long Battle with Illness

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The head of the Democratic Renewal Movement, former MP Nassib Lahoud, passed away at dawn Thursday after a long battle with illness. He was 68.

Lahoud, who was a lawmaker between 1991 and 2005, died at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Ashrafiyeh.

The presidential contender has held various political posts, including ambassador to Washington and minister of state.

In 2001, he contributed to the establishment of the Qornet Shahwan coalition of center-right Christian politicians. The same year, he founded along with hundreds of Lebanese intellectuals the Democratic Renewal Movement.

He lost in the 2005 parliamentary elections in his Metn district at the head of the opposition list and withdrew from the race in 2009.

Lahoud had been a prominent figure in the March 14-led coalition that was established after ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s Feb. 2005 assassination and the ensuing withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

He had limited political functions lately due to his illness but U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman held talks with him during his visit to Beirut in December.

The Democratic Renewal Movement met for the first time under Lahoud in August last year after he returned to Lebanon from medical treatment in France. He stressed that his group was independent and was no longer part of any political coalition.

Lahoud is survived by his wife Abla Festoq and their two children Salim and Joumana.

The funeral procession will be held at the St. George Cathedral in downtown Beirut on Saturday. The family will accept condolences on February 5 and 6 in his residence at his hometown of Baabdat.

There will also be condolences on February 7 and 8 at his home in Ashrafiyeh.

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Thumb anoniem 02 February 2012, 08:07

May his soul rest in Peace

Default-user-icon michel (Guest) 02 February 2012, 08:37

may his soul rest in peace, he was a good man.

Thumb geha 02 February 2012, 08:39

one of the rare statesmen our country ever had. may he rest in peace.

Missing bouzik 02 February 2012, 08:49

sure he was. unlike the other lahoud!
may his soul rest in piece!

Default-user-icon Horus (Guest) 02 February 2012, 08:55

R.I.P, Lebanon has lost a good man.

Default-user-icon Walid Hachem (Guest) 02 February 2012, 09:12

Lebanon will miss this genuine and real resistant Lebanese statesman .... may his sole rest in peace....and God help Lebanon...

Default-user-icon N Friji (Guest) 02 February 2012, 09:18

Such a great loss not for Lebanon only . He will remain a dear friend. Condolences to Abla, Salim & Joumana

Default-user-icon Tony Sawaya (Guest) 02 February 2012, 09:29

God took an honourable man and kept back the trash like AOUN and his cronies

Default-user-icon samy (Guest) 02 February 2012, 09:34

One of the very few who I deeply respected in the Lebanese political areana. I am saddened bye his death. RIP. (I was hoping he would make it to presidency)

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 02 February 2012, 10:57

Allah yer7amak ya cheikh Nassib, another and between the last politicians that ever cared for this tiny land...

Default-user-icon mahmoud (Guest) 02 February 2012, 12:10

Le Liban perd un grand homme
Metn perd un représentant politique honnête et respecte

Default-user-icon Halaktouna (Guest) 02 February 2012, 12:19

Allah yer7am trabak ... one of the last few who deserve to be called politicians ... really a true statesman.

Missing ayoor 02 February 2012, 12:41

yes he was one of the few decent politicians lebanon ever had, may he rest in peace

Default-user-icon Mohamad Chatila (Guest) 02 February 2012, 12:42

RIP Nassib... You will be missed.

Thumb lebneneh 02 February 2012, 13:13

What a loss...he was a decent and logical man...Very rare in Lebanon. RIP.

Default-user-icon teacher (Guest) 02 February 2012, 13:47

Nassib Lahoud ... one of those that sold Lebanon to the Syrian by acting as the Lebanese ambassador @ the UN when Taëf was signed and supported by the UNSC.

Decent? Logical? Regretted? Not at all. Respected, maybe. But we do not have to forget also the dark side of that man

Default-user-icon nm (Guest) 02 February 2012, 14:50

RIP Mr Lahoud

Default-user-icon Nicolas Zouain (Guest) 02 February 2012, 14:59

What a loss....He was one of the few decent and honest politicians in Lebanon.
May he rest in peace...
I remember very well when Israel attacked Lebanon in 1996, and many flew from the south of Lebanon to Achrafieh. Mr. Lahoud and his wife were the first to jump and help the refugees who were staying at the public schools in Achrafieh...
Pr. Nicolas Zouain.

Thumb ado.australia 02 February 2012, 15:09

Rest in peace

Missing roger 02 February 2012, 15:22


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Default-user-icon Assaad G. Daou (Guest) 02 February 2012, 15:36

He was a very Good Man, a very Good and True Lebanese. What a great loss. May his soul rest in Peace and in Paradise.He will remain in my memory as a very dear friend. Condolences to Abla,Salim & Joumana , and to Samir and Laura.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 02 February 2012, 16:06

He was so good. May he rest in peace.

Missing allouchi 02 February 2012, 16:21

A good man, may he rest in peace.

Default-user-icon TUB (Guest) 02 February 2012, 16:21

Sad that we keep recognizing Statemen , only after they are gone.
Mr Lahoud was a great exemple; i hope that something will be done in order to inspire lebanese leaders across the board...

Default-user-icon teacher (Guest) 02 February 2012, 18:09

Michel Aoun ... the man who sold Lebanon to the Syrian by opening the door to the Syrian Air force and then running away like a wet pussy when they invaded after promising his people and his men that he will die fighting, leaving his soldiers to die under Syrian tanks. To rub salt into the wound he stole millions of his soldiers pay and put them is European banks under his and his wife's name.

Decent? Truthful? Logical? Brave? Heroic? Honest? Loyal? Regretted? Not at all. Respected, are you kidding. Coward? Liar? Crazy? Corrupt? Traitor? Deserter? Failed? definitely, his legacy.

Default-user-icon Someone (Guest) 02 February 2012, 18:23

what a loss, he could teach a thing or two aoun and bassil about decency, honesty, bravery.

Default-user-icon Gaston Labban (Guest) 02 February 2012, 20:53

He was a good man who got stiffed good by his closest allies, the phonies, who now shed alligator tears on him and who he disowned. May his soul rest in peace. But of course this comment will most probably not get published by the alligators of Naharnet. If by chance it does get published, though, it will get the thumbs down by the baby alligators.

Default-user-icon Iben el Nimer (Guest) 02 February 2012, 21:12

Great Lebanese statesman. we will miss him. Let's not forget also he is the son of the Great Selim Lahoud.

Default-user-icon Charbel Rady - Los Angeles (Guest) 02 February 2012, 21:35

May his soul rest in peace , My Condolences to Lahoud's Family , Big Loss to the country , good Man and very good Politician.

Thumb thepatriot 02 February 2012, 22:08

I wish you had been our President instead of the infamous Emile...

Default-user-icon Mowaten (Guest) 02 February 2012, 22:58

Arda l khasarati ya Lobnan...... Alla yir7amak

Default-user-icon Coolmec (Guest) 03 February 2012, 08:17

My sincere condolences to his widow and his children. May he rest in peace. We have indeed lost an honest and respected statesman. There aren;t too many of them defending this tiny land. It is also ironic that our actual politicians realized his great values after his death.As the french proverb says: Les bons s'en vont et les mauvais restent, namely Aoun, Bassil, Nasrallah, Iam wahab and the rest of this disfunctionnal clique.
What are the chances that our crooks of politicians will use his legacy to redress Lebanon and stop their specialty which is theft and corruption.. hummm I am dreaming huh guys... wow

Default-user-icon Khalil Khnaisser (Guest) 03 February 2012, 23:48

My condolence for Lahoud's family! Lebanon lost a great politician and a leader by example! May his soul rest in peace!