Riad el-Solh

1894 -1951
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1894

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Riad was born in Sidon South Lebanon

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He studied law & political science at the Sorbonne in Paris

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Istanbul where he spent most of his youth

1924

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Riad aged 30 with his father Rida who was a deputy in the Ottoman Parliament

Political life 1930s & 40s

1932

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Riad in Damascus

1935

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Riad under arrest

1936

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Riad with Syrian delegation in Paris

1943

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Riad’s first cabinet as Prime Minister with President Bishara el-Khoury

Riad was Prime Minister from 25 September 1943 - 10 January 1945 for his first term

1943

Riad addressing a crowd after his incarceration in 1943.

Riad addressing a crowd after his incarceration

1947

Riad with Syrian President Prime Minister in 1947

Riad with Syrian President and Prime Minister

1940s

Riad with Lebanes officers in the 1940's

Riad with Lebanese officers

Riad’s second term as Prime Minister was from 14 December 1946 - 14 February 1951

1947

Reception held on the anniversary of the foundation of the Arab League, held by Nokrashi Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt. Cairo.

Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, Director General of the Arab League, welcoming delegates. MS Azzam Pasha greeting Omar Fathi Pasha, aide-de-camp of King Farouk, Nokrashi Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt and Haj Amin El Husseiny the ex-Grand Master of Jerusalem. He poses with Azzam Pasha.

Prime Minister of Lebanon Riad Bey el Solh arrives. MS Sheikh Yussef Yasseen from Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Conference. MS Sheikh Sadel el Moggadidi, Minister of Afghanistan in Egypt. MS flags of the Arab States flying over the palace of the Arab League. Exterior Shots of the palace showing guests arriving.

1940s

Riad with Saadallah el-Jabiri Prime Minister of Syria and uncle of his wife.

Riad with Saadallah el-Jabiri Prime Minister of Syria and uncle of his wife.

1940s

Riad and the President Bishara el-Khoury in beirut in the late 1940's

Riad and the President Bishara el-Khoury in Beirut

1951

Riad escaped an assassination attempt unhurt in March 1950. However on 17 July 1951 he was gunned down in his car in Amman, Jordan on his way to Marka airport. The three assailants were members of the Syrian Socialist Party, out to avenge the execution of Anton Saadeh for sedition, one of their founder leaders.

1951