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Sami Solh

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Sami Solh
سامي الصلح
3rd Prime Minister of Lebanon
In office
23 August 1945 – 22 May 1946
PresidentBishara Al Khouri
Preceded byAbdul Hamid Karami
Succeeded bySaadi Al Munla
In office
11 February 1952 – 9 September 1952
PresidentBishara Al Khouri
Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi
Succeeded byNazem Akkari
In office
16 September 1954 – 19 September 1955
PresidentCamille Chamoun
Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi
Succeeded byRashid Karami
In office
18 November 1956 – 20 September 1958
PresidentCamille Chamoun
Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi
Succeeded byKhalil al-Hibri
Personal details
Ottoman Empire
Died1968 (aged 78–79)
Beirut, Lebanon
Political partyConstitutional Bloc
National Liberal Party
SpouseBalqıs Rida Solh
ReligionSunni Islam

Sami (El) Solh (Arabic: سامي الصلح; 1887–1968) was a Lebanese Sunni Muslim politician. He was a relative of former Lebanese prime ministers Riad Solh, Takieddine Solh and Rachid Solh. He served as Prime Minister of Lebanon five times (1942–43, 1945–46, 1952, 1954–55, and 1956–58).


Solh was born into a Sunni family in 1887.[1] He grew up in Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon.[2]

Solh survived many assassination attempts two of which occurred on 20 April and 29 July 1958 while he was serving as the prime minister.[3] He also held the portfolio of defense minister in 1957 and 1958.[4]

Solh married Balqis Rida Solh who was the sister of the Prime Minister Riad Solh.[1] He spoke French, Arabic, Greek and Turkish.


One of the most prominent avenues in Beirut, next to the Ministry of Justice, is named Boulevard Sami El Solh.[5] In 2018, a Lebanese stamp was created dedicated to the prime minister.


  1. ^ a b "Relations by marriage within the political class:-Reconciliations, Alliances and Hostilities". The Monthly. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Sami el-Solh".
  3. ^ Are Knudsen (2010). "Acquiescence to Assassinations in Post-Civil War Lebanon?". Mediterranean Politics. 15 (1): 3. doi:10.1080/13629391003644611.
  4. ^ "الوزراء المتعاقبون على وزارة الدفاع الوطني" [Successive ministers of the Ministry of National Defense]. (in Arabic). Government of Lebanon. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Sami el Solh".
  6. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
Political offices Preceded byAbdul Hamid Karami Prime Minister of Lebanon 1945–1946 Succeeded bySaadi Al Munla Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi Prime Minister of Lebanon 1952 Succeeded byNazem Akkari Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi Prime Minister of Lebanon 1954–1955 Succeeded byRashid Karami Preceded byAbdallah El-Yafi Prime Minister of Lebanon 1956–1958 Succeeded byKhalil al-Hibri
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