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Your continued donations keep Wikipedia runningSolange GemayelFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchSolange GemayelSolange Gemayel is a political figure and former First Lady of Lebanon. The widow of former President-elect Bachir Gemayel (1947-1982), who was assassinated days before he was due to take office in 1982, she helped to found the Bachir Gemayel Foundation, to keep his legacy alive.A Maronite Christian, Solange Tutunji married Bachir Gemayel in 1977. Their first daughter, Maya, was born the following year. She was tragically killed in 1980, by a car bomb intended for her father. A second daughter, Youmna, was born in 1980, and a son, Nadim, in 1982, only months before his fathers assassination. Solange Gemayel has brought up her two surviving children to carry on their late fathers legacy, and Nadim, who turned 21 in 2003, has indicated his intention to follow in the footsteps of his father and mother by participating in the political process.Solange Gemayel strongly opposed the Syrian military occupation of Lebanon, and was an enemy of the Syrian-backed regime which took power in 1990. She is strongly pro-Western, and in 2003 she rattled the political establishment by publicly supporting U.S. President George W. Bush in his decision to attack Iraq and depose the government of Saddam Hussein. Hosting a formal dinner at her home in August 2003, she praised what she called Americas historic step to establish democracy, fight terrorism, make peace and give the people a taste of freedom. She also joined her son, Nadim, in endorsing Hikmat Deeb of the Free Patriotic Movement in an important byelection. This put her (and her son) at odds with her brother-in-law, former President Amine Gemayel, who endorsed the more moderate Henry Hélou. Hélou won, but by a much smaller margin than had been expected.In February 2005, Gemayel announced that she would be a candidate in the parliamentary election due to be held in May. She has since spoken at several major demonstrations against the Syrian occupation and the Syrian-backed government, in the wake of the 14 February assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Hariris son, Saad Hariri announced on 16 May 2005 that Gemayel would contest the election as a member of a multiconfessional electoral ticket he had compiled. On 30 May, Gemayel was elected to represent the same Beirut constituency once held for many years by her late father-in-law, Pierre Gemayel.Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:Solange GemayelRetrieved from Lebanese politicians | MaronitesViews Article Discussion Edit this page HistoryPersonal toolsSign in / create accountNavigationMain PageCommunity PortalFeatured articlesCurrent eventsRecent changesRandom articleHelpContact WikipediaDonationsSearchToolboxWhat links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPrintable versionPermanent linkCite this articleIn other languagesFrançais

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