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Ghassan Tueni, a life that marks the Lebanese History

Ghassan Tueni is a senior figure of the Lebanese political and media life. Member of the Parliament since 2005 and CEO of the Al-Nahar newspaper since 1948, he has notably published a famous book entitled, “Let's bury hate and revenge”, after the death of his son. Let's focus on his career.

Born in Beirut in 1926, Ghassan Tueni is the son of Gebran Tueni, Al-Nahar newspaper founder. Tueini studied at the American University of Beirut, then, at Harvard University in the United States. At the age of 22, he took the helm of the independent newspaper Al-Nahar, founded in 1933. Ghassan's father might have affected his son's choices. He was free-mason, appointed as an ambassador then Minister of Education before the independence in 1943. According to Ghassan Tueni, his father was a free man, and his love of freedom belongs now to his heritage. Ghassan's mother was also an important figure to the politician. He took from her the Orthodox faith.
At the age of 24, Ghassan Tueni was elected Member of the Parliament; a period that witnessed the birth of his commitment to Lebanon. He was also the first MP-elect of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party but he quickly cut off all ties. During the civil war, he was appointed as Lebanon’s envoy before the UN where he delivered a famous address on March, 17, 1978, entitled, « Let my people live ». In 1950, he took part in the founding of the first Arabic Faculty of Law, Political Sciences and Economy. Then, he held several ministerial portfolios. He has been appointed as vice Prime Minister between 1970 an 1971, then Minister of Labour between 1975 and 1976. After achieving his diplomatic mission as Lebanese ambassador to Greece, he was appointed as a permanent representative of Lebanon before the UN.
On December 12, 2005 Ghassan's son, Gebrane Tueni, was murdered in Mkalles. It has been mainly the most severe blow dealt to Ghassan Tueni since he already lost his wife, Nadia, in 1983, his daughter, Nayla, and his youngest son, Makram, who passed away in a car crash in 1987.
As a member of the Future Parliamentary bloc, he initiated, in November 2006, a petition calling for Emile Lahoud's resignation from the Presidency. Emile Lahoud was suspected by the minority party to having plotted the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Ghassan Tueni was, then, elected to the Greek-Orthodox seat for Achrafieh - a seat which used to be his son's.
Ghassan Tueni agreed on running for the Sakharov Award, in memory of five Lebanese figures who have been murdered over the past years (Gebrane Tueni, Rafic Hariri, Bassel Fleihane, Samir Kassir and Georges Hawi). But finally, the award went to Alexandre Milinkevitch December 2006. In 2009, President Michel Sleiman decorated Ghassan Tueni with the Lebanese Order of Merit - the Doctrine of the First Grade Level, in appreciation of his national achievements in the fields of politics, government, legislation, journalism and diplomacy.
 

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Ghassan Tueni is a senior figure of the Lebanese political and media life. Member of the Parliament since 2005 and CEO of the Al-Nahar newspaper since 1948, he has notably published a famous book entitled, “Let's bury hate and revenge”, after the death of his son. Let's focus on his career.

Born in Beirut in 1926, Ghassan Tueni is the son of Gebran Tueni, Al-Nahar newspaper founder. Tueini studied at the American University of Beirut, then, at Harvard University in the United States. At the age of 22, he took the helm of the independent newspaper Al-Nahar, founded in 1933. Ghassan's father might have affected his son's choices. He was free-mason, appointed as an ambassador then Minister of Education before the independence in 1943. According to Ghassan Tueni, his father was a free man, and his love of freedom belongs now to his heritage. Ghassan's mother was also an important figure to the politician. He took from her the Orthodox faith.
At the age of 24, Ghassan Tueni was elected Member of the Parliament; a period that witnessed the birth of his commitment to Lebanon. He was also the first MP-elect of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party but he quickly cut off all ties. During the civil war, he was appointed as Lebanon’s envoy before the UN where he delivered a famous address on March, 17, 1978, entitled, « Let my people live ». In 1950, he took part in the founding of the first Arabic Faculty of Law, Political Sciences and Economy. Then, he held several ministerial portfolios. He has been appointed as vice Prime Minister between 1970 an 1971, then Minister of Labour between 1975 and 1976. After achieving his diplomatic mission as Lebanese ambassador to Greece, he was appointed as a permanent representative of Lebanon before the UN.
On December 12, 2005 Ghassan's son, Gebrane Tueni, was murdered in Mkalles. It has been mainly the most severe blow dealt to Ghassan Tueni since he already lost his wife, Nadia, in 1983, his daughter, Nayla, and his youngest son, Makram, who passed away in a car crash in 1987.
As a member of the Future Parliamentary bloc, he initiated, in November 2006, a petition calling for Emile Lahoud's resignation from the Presidency. Emile Lahoud was suspected by the minority party to having plotted the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Ghassan Tueni was, then, elected to the Greek-Orthodox seat for Achrafieh - a seat which used to be his son's.
Ghassan Tueni agreed on running for the Sakharov Award, in memory of five Lebanese figures who have been murdered over the past years (Gebrane Tueni, Rafic Hariri, Bassel Fleihane, Samir Kassir and Georges Hawi). But finally, the award went to Alexandre Milinkevitch December 2006. In 2009, President Michel Sleiman decorated Ghassan Tueni with the Lebanese Order of Merit - the Doctrine of the First Grade Level, in appreciation of his national achievements in the fields of politics, government, legislation, journalism and diplomacy.
 

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