On Saturday, 24th November 2007 at 6 p.m. there will be a candle procession in Zgharta in memory of President René Mouawad and those who died with him on 22nd November 1989. The procession will start from Saint John's Church and will end at the tomb of the President at the Saydet Zgharta Church.
The President was born in Zgharta on 17th April 1925, his parents being Anis and Evelyn (née Shalhoub) Mouawad. He was educated at the Mar Youssef School, Zgharta and the College des Freres, Tripoli. He graduated in law from St. Joseph University (USJ) in 1947. He first joined the law firm of former Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Yafi (1901-1986) and subsequently opened in Tripoli his own firm in 1951, moving his practice to Beirut in 1958.
In 1965 he married, Nayla Négib Issa El Khoury, and they had two children, Rima, born in 1966, and Michel, born in 1972.
The President was first elected a Member of Parliament for Zgharta in the General Election of 1957 and thereafter in subsequent General Elections. He held ministerial office in Prime Minister Rachid Karamé's cabinet's, as Minister of Post and Telecommunication, from October 1961 till February 1964 and as Minister of Public Work and Transportation, from January till November 1969; and in Prime Minister Chafic Wazzan's cabinet, as Minister of Education, from October 1980 till September 1982.
He was elected President of the Lebanese Republic on the 5th of November 1989 at a Parliamentary session held at the Kleiaat Airport.
The main photograph shows the President as a young man. Go to the Full Story page to see some other photogrpahs of the President.
The L'Orient Le Jour reported the event in their Monday's edition which can be read on the Full Story page.