BEIRUT: Lebanon over the weekend bid farewell to former Prime Minister Rashid al-Solh as the government announced a three-day mourning period over the passing of the magistrate who was buried in the Beirut neighborhood of Ouzai.
An official convoy transported Solh’s body at 4 p.m. from his residence in Ain al-Tineh to the Ouzai cemetery, where dozens of officials attended the funeral procession and bid farewell to the former premiere.
“With the passing of Solh, Lebanon has lots one of its good leaves, who contributed to its independence and renaissance in spreading coexistence values and dialogue,” Prime Minister Tammam Salam said.
A former judge, Solh passed away at the age of 88 Friday. He was a prime minister when Lebanon’s Civil War broke out in April 1975, after which he resigned.
He also served as a prime minister in 1992, three years after Lebanese factions signed the Taif Agreement which brought the Civil War to an end. He was appointed PM by former President Elias Hrawi to form a government that oversaw the parliamentary elections, which were boycotted by the majority of Christians.
The late politician was elected an MP in 1964, 1972 and 1992.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri described Solh as a popular man who served Lebanon in a calm and wise manner, and he comes from a family that has given Lebanon its most honorable men.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 30, 2014, on page 3.