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Lebanonwire, November 18, 2003

The Daily Star

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Lucien Dahdah, former FM, dies

With the passing away of Lucien Dahdah on Sunday, Lebanon lost a former foreign minister who served in the interim military Cabinet of Noureddine Rifai in May 1975.
Dahdah was the only civilian minister in that Cabinet that was appointed by then President Suleiman Franjieh after the resignation of Prime Minister Rashid Solh, who was protesting what he described as laxity by authorities in dealing with the Phalange Party’s attack on a bus of Palestinians the month before.
Born on Aug.15, 1929, Dahdah studied at the American University of Beirut (AUB), at the Sorbonne in Paris and in several universities in England. He eventually became a professor at AUB.
At the professional level, Dahdah was considered an expert in his field by the United Nations in 1957. He chaired the board of directors of Intra Investment from 1970-76 and then again from 1989-93. He was also a founding member of the Tele-Orient television station and a founder of the Radio Monte-Carlo-Moyen-Orient radio station.
On the political level, Dahdah was appointed to the post of director-general of the Reconstruction Ministry. He was awarded the Lebanese Knight’s Order of the Honor Legion in 1973.
In 1976, his home in Kfour became the temporary residence of Franjieh following the shelling of the Presidential Palace in Baabda.
Dahdah was also the president of the Lebanese Gastronomy Association. He was married twice and had one child, Dany.
Condolences can be paid at the Dahdah family residence in Kfour on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 19.

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