Nadim Gemayel

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Nadim Bashir Gemayel
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Born (1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 32)
Bikfaya
Residence Achrafieh
Nationality Lebanese
Occupation Politician
Home town Bikfaya
Title Vice-President,
Achrafieh Kataeb District
Political party
Kataeb Party
Religion Christian Maronite
Parents Bachir Gemayel and Solange Gemayel
Relatives Amine Gemayel
Pierre Gemayel
Pierre Gemayel, Jr.
Sami Gemayel
Website
Official website

Nadim Bashir Gemayel (born 1 May 1982), is a Lebanese MP and a senior member of the Kataeb party, founded by his grandfather Pierre Gemayel in 1936. He is the son of former Lebanese president-elect Bachir Gemayel. Nadim currently serves as Vice President of the Kataeb’s Achrafieh District base.

Early life and education[edit]

Nadim Gemayel was born in Bikfaya on 1 May 1982 to Solange Gemayel (née Toutounji), and Bashir Gemayel, a Maronite Christian from Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon.[1] Nadim is the youngest to two sisters, Youmna (born 1980) and Maya (born 1978).[2] Maya was only 18 months old when she was killed in 1980 by a car bomb that was intended for her father.[3]

Nadim Gemayel's father, Bachir Gemayel,[2] was a prominent Christian leader and an elected President of the Republic in (1982). Bashir Gemayel was assassinated on 14 of September 1982, 21 days after being elected president. Nadim was only four months old when his father was killed.[1]

Following high school, Nadim Gemayel moved to France to pursue his law degree and graduated from Panthéon-Assas University in 2004.[4] He currently practices law with a prominent law firm which maintains offices in Lebanon and Qatar.[5]

In addition to his position inside the Kataeb party, Nadim Gemayel also serves as co-chairperson of the Bachir Gemayel Foundation, founded in 1982 following the assassination of his father.[6]

Political career[edit]

Believing in what he says was his father's dream[7] of freeing Lebanon from all foreign occupiers and unifying its people, Nadim Gemayel started his political struggle at a relatively young age.[8]

Syrian Hegemony 1994-2005[edit]

Solange Gemayel and her son Nadim Gemayel light a torch on Bachir's Gemayel memorial in Achrafieh, Sassine Square.

Following Bashir Gemayel's assassination in 1982, Lebanon entered an era where Syrian control[citation needed] began, and culminated in 1990 with the Syrian takeover of the Presidential Palace of Baabda[9] in 1990.

Nadim Gemayel started his struggle against the Syrians by participating and leading Anti-Syrian demonstrations, organizing sit-ins with other Anti-Syrian factions inside the universities, and lobbying for Lebanon during his university years outside Lebanon.[5]

Nadim Gemayel's most notable appearances, apart from his annual speech, were during the MTV shutdown in 2002,[10] where he was at the forefront of the demonstration to reopen the station and almost got arrested by security officials, and the 2003 Baabda-Aley elections.[11]

Cedar Revolution 2005[edit]

The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in 2005 triggered a series of demonstrations against the Syrian troops[12] and the Lebanese security officials. Those demonstrations culminated on 14 March 2005, which was later on known to anti-Syrian factions as the "Cedar Revolution".

Nadim Gemayel was present throughout the period and was among many Anti-Syrian political factions to set up a tent with their supporters in Martyrs' Square demanding the resignation of the government and the security officials, the complete and unconditioned withdrawal of Syrian troops and the establishment of an international commission to investigate the assassination of then- Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and past political assassinations.

Kataeb[edit]

The so-called Cedar Revolution was followed by an almost complete Syrian withdrawal on April 26, 2005[13] after international pressure chiefly by the Americans and Europeans.

Despite the Syrian withdrawal, Syria was still present politically through its intelligence officers[14] and the alliances with Lebanese factions it had established.

Nadim Gemayel saw this as Lebanon's second independence and a historic opportunity to launch his political career officially and engage the Kataeb party,[15] to fight Syrian security officials in Lebanon.

On 26 April 2006,[16] the Kataeb district in Achrafieh, after months of renovation, was opened and launched by Nadim Gemayel. The ceremony included a speech by Nadim Gemayel embodying his political beliefs and goals, and was finalized by a prayer and lighting candles on his father's memorial.

Parliamentary Elections 2009[edit]

Nadim Gemayel decided to run for the Parliamentary elections in Beirut's first District (Ashrafieh, Rmeil, Sayfi) his main rival for the Maronite seat was Massoud Al Achkar. He ran as a Kataeb and March 14 candidate alongside Gebran Tueni's daughter Nayla Tueni. The election on 7 June 2009 was a very close race to the parliament, Nadim Gemayel won the Maronite seat in Beirut's first district and is now an MP in the new Lebanese Parliament. Nayla Tueni also won the Greek Orthodox seat in the same district.

Bashir Gemayel's annual memorial mass[edit]

On the 26th anniversary of his father's assassination, Nadim Gemayel addressed the Lebanese and the Christians mainly urging them to unite under one banner to "build a sovereign state".

He also stressed on Hezbollah's weapons, calling them illegitimate and asked that only the Lebanese armed forces carry weapons. He continued "We are with dialogue without any preconditions… What we care for are Lebanon's people and the future of its youth."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nadim Gemayel - Le portrait craché de son père". Liban. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.lebanese-forces.org/bach/biography.htm
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Meguerditchian, Van (13 September 2011). "Gemayel cousins compete for influence in Kataeb Party". The Daily Star (Lebanon). 
  5. ^ a b "Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm - Attorney Profiles". Elmeouchi. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bachir Gemayel Assassination File". Lebanese Forces. 14 September 1982. Retrieved 11 August 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Bachir Gemayel: The Dream". Lebanese Forces.org. Retrieved 11 August 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ "MTV Closed at Court Order, Putting Lebanon's Media Freedom in Peril". Lebanese Forces. 4 September 2002. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rift Tears Gemayel Family Apart as Siblings Build Christian Power Bases". Naharnet. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sea of anti-Syrian demonstrators floods streets of Downtown Beirut". The Daily Star. 15 March 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Syria’S Withdrawal From Lebanon ‘Historic Day’ For Middle East, Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen Tells Security Council". UN. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Wright, Robin (27 April 2005). "Syrian Intelligence Still in Lebanon". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  15. ^ http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Kataeb+Party
  16. ^ [4][dead link]
  17. ^ "Nadim Gemayel Says it's Time to Heal Wounds and End Divisions". Naharnet. Retrieved 11 August 2010.