On November 5, 1989, Rene Moawad was elected president of the Lebanese republic. He was elected after the Taif Accord, which ended the civil war, was approved. On November 22, he was assassinated after attending Independence Day celebrations. Moawad did not have the chance to implement his aspirations but he certainly wanted to implement the Taif Accord without any obstructions or modifications. This cost him his life because the tutelage power wanted to obstruct the implementation of the agreement, just as it made the Arab Deterrent Force deviate from its path to be composed of entirely Syrian forces and resemble an occupying force. The Taif Accord resolved issues relating to the relationship with Syria in order to pave way to the redeployment of its army before the complete withdrawal in September 1992. The Syrian command, which was supposed to ensure the security of the new president who didn’t even make it to the Baabda presidential palace, did not like this. It is rumored that Syrian intelligence officer Jamea Jamea was always at the forefront of the elected president’s motorcade and that his car was about 200 meters ahead. It’s also rumored that when the explosion went off near Raml al-Zarif high school, Jamea had arrived near then-Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss’ residence and simply went on his way as if nothing happened.
My aim is not to dig up the past or to carry out public trials although all case files of political assassinations have not been finalized by the Justice Council and no progress has been marked in any investigation. Perhaps no one dares to look into these case files lest they suffer the same fate if they attain any evidence as to who the murderer is. This is why the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was established after former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated. When Hariri was killed, we had all had enough of crimes being committed without the perpetrators coming to light.
In 1989, a foreign power assassinated the president to prevent the realization of civil peaceNayla Tueni