11 Facts About Amine Gemayel


Amine Gemayel worked as a lawyer, then was elected as a deputy for Northern Metn in 1970 by-election, following the death of his uncle, Maurice Gemayel, and in the 1972 general election.


Amine Gemayel re-organized the Lebanese Army, receiving support from the Multinational Force in Lebanon and despite fierce internal opposition, he reached the May 17 Agreement with Israel in 1983, which stipulated the withdrawal of the Israeli forces and ending the state of war between the two countries, but didn't ratify it.


In 2006, Pierre Amine Gemayel, his son, who was a deputy in the parliament, was assassinated.


Amine Gemayel obtained a law degree from the St Joseph University in Beirut in 1965.


Amine Gemayel began his career after his graduation practicing as an attorney in 1965.


In 1984, Amine Gemayel dissolved the "Arab Deterrence Force", which provided the legal framework for Syria's military presence since 1976; and in 1985, he refused to ratify the so-called "Damascus Agreement" brokered by the Syrian government between the fending Lebanese chiefs of militias, which aimed at disintegrating any independent decision-making process in Lebanon.


Apart from his political activities, Amine Gemayel established, in 1976, the "INMA Foundation", which coordinates several institutions dealing with social, political and economic issues concerning Lebanon and the Middle East.


In 2003, Amine Gemayel attempted to act as an intermediary between US President George W Bush and the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.


In February 2008, Amine Gemayel was appointed the president of the Phalange or Kataeb Party, replacing Karim Pakradouni, who resigned from office in 2007.


Pierre Amine Gemayel was elected to Parliament in 2000, appointed to the Cabinet in 2005.


Amine Gemayel was assassinated by unidentified assailants in Jdeideh, a Beirut suburb, on 21 November 2006.