Former Kesrouan MP Camille Ziade passed away on Sunday at the age of 79.
Originally from the village of Herehraya al-Qattine, he was elected MP for Kesrouan-Ftouh in 1992 and 1996. In Parliament, he was a member of the Justice Committee and the High Court of Justice for Presidents. He also held the position of Secretary-General of Parliament.
In 2001, Ziade joined the Qornet Shehwan Gathering, founded under the aegis of former Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir and whose actions led to the convergence between the Christian opposition at the time, the Progressive Socialist Party and the Future Movement. Ziade played an important role in the Gathering and opposed the Syrian occupation, later joining Nassib Lahoud's Democratic Renewal Movement, of which he became vice-president. He was thus at the heart of the movement that led to the exit of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 2005.
After failing to win re-election in the 2005 legislative elections on the March-14 list, and disappointed by the failure of the sovereignist parties in the face of Hezbollah and its allies, Ziade gradually withdrew from political life.
He was married to Leyla Sehnaoui, with whom he had four children: Lamia, Youmna, Walid and Nayla.
Ziade's funeral will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Saint Charbel Church in Herehraya al-Qattine.