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Nayla Tueni
نايلة تويني
Born (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 40)
NationalityLebanese
EducationLebanese University
Occupation(s)Journalist, Parliamentarian
Term2009–2018
Political partyIndependent
Spouse
(m. 2009)
Children3
Parent(s)Gebran Tueni
Mirna Murr
RelativesGhassan Tueni (grandfather)
Nadia Tueni (grandmother)
Michel Murr (grandfather)
Gebran Tueni (great-grandfather)
Marwan Hamadeh (great uncle)

Nayla Tueni Maktabi (Arabic: نايلة تويني مكتبي) (born 31 August 1982) is a Lebanese journalist and politician. She was a member of the Lebanese Parliament for almost ten years (2009–2018), representing the district of Achrafieh. Tueni is the CEO of one of Lebanon's most famous newspapers, An-Nahar.[1]

Tueni is a fourth generation journalist. An Nahar was established by her great-grandfather, Gebran Tueni, in 1933. Her grandfather, Ghassan Tueni, ran the newspaper for decades. She is heiress along with her siblings to the newspaper dynasty and currently a member of the Board and the Deputy General Manager of An Nahar. She is also a board trustee of the Mentor Arabia, a non-governmental regional organization that promotes drug prevention and raises awareness on various issues among Arab youth.[2]

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Early life

Nayla Tueni was born in Achrafieh on 31 August 1982. Her family is a prominent Eastern Orthodox Christian clan in Lebanon. She pursued her primary education at Collège Louise Wegman and went to high school at Collège Notre-Dame de Nazareth in Achrafieh. In 2005, she obtained a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the Lebanese University. Then she received a master's degree from the Jean Monet Faculty in Paris. In 2003, she worked as a trainee for An Nahar and then wrote in the Education and Youth section of the newspaper.[3]

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Political views and March 14 alliance

Nayla Tueni is a secular Greek Orthodox Christian. At the time of her political campaign, she stood for belief in Christian preservation, as well as her stance against Hezbollah, brought her the support of conservative Christians of the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb party. However, she is also an advocate for secular reforms in the Lebanese sectarian system. In a report broadcast by Al Jazeera about the power struggle of Lebanon's Christian clans, Tueni stated in Arabic: "The current system means I only represent my sect. I would rather represent my country and not my sect and hope that one day Lebanese politics will not be based on sect".[4]

Among the 48 points she has listed in her political platform are her opposition to the foreign occupation of Lebanon by Israel or Syria, the support of a free democratic Lebanon and political pluralism. She also wishes to see Lebanon remain aside from regional tensions and conflicts, which have turned it into a battlefield for the wars others fight against each other. Tueni also wants to see Lebanese prisoners released from Syrian jails. She supports the securing of borders to prevent arms smuggling, and equal rights for Lebanese women, from voting to participating in the Army.[5]

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Secularism in Lebanon

Secularism in Lebanon

Secularism in Lebanon began under a 1920s French mandate, continuing under different governments since independence. Lebanon is a parliamentary democracy within an overall confessionalist framework; as a form of consociationalism, the highest offices are proportionately reserved for representatives from religious communities.

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world's largest and most widespread religion with roughly 2.4 billion followers representing one-third of the global population. Its adherents, known as Christians, are estimated to make up a majority of the population in 157 countries and territories, and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, whose coming as the messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible and chronicled in the New Testament.

Hezbollah

Hezbollah

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group, led by its Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah since 1992. Hezbollah's paramilitary wing is the Jihad Council, and its political wing is the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc party in the Lebanese Parliament.

Lebanese Forces

Lebanese Forces

The Lebanese Forces is a Lebanese Christian-based political party and former militia during the Lebanese Civil War. It currently holds 19 of the 128 seats in Lebanon's parliament and is therefore the largest party in parliament.

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is a state-owned Arabic-language international radio and TV broadcaster of Qatar. It is based in Doha and operated by the media conglomerate Al Jazeera Media Network. The flagship of the network, its station identification, is Al Jazeera.

Israel

Israel

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. Situated between the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea, it is bordered by Lebanon to the north, by Syria to the northeast, by Jordan to the east, by Egypt to the southwest, and by the Palestinian territories — the West Bank along the east and the Gaza Strip along the southwest — with which it shares legal boundaries. Tel Aviv is the economic and technological center of the country, while its seat of government is in its proclaimed capital of Jerusalem, although Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem is unrecognized internationally.

Syria

Syria

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a Western Asian country located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. It is a unitary republic that consists of 14 governorates (subdivisions), and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and southeast, Jordan to the south, and Israel and Lebanon to the southwest. Cyprus lies to the west across the Mediterranean Sea. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including the majority Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Albanians, and Greeks. Religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Alawites, Druze, and Yazidis. The capital and largest city of Syria is Damascus. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Muslims are the largest religious group.

Post 2009 period

Prior to the election Nayla Tueni made a promise to the Lebanese Forces (LF) block that she would join their bloc. However, she has yet to make this concession, meaning so far LF currently do not have a representative in their heartland of Achrafieh. After the election in August 2009, Nayla married the Lebanese television presenter of the LBC program Ahmar bel Khat al-Arid, Malek Maktabi in a civil ceremony in Cyprus, since Lebanon does not recognize civil marriage within Lebanese territory. Tueni is an Orthodox Christian and Maktabi is a Shiite Muslim. Reactions to the pairing were mixed as interfaith marriage is still unpopular among many Lebanese, due to sectarian tensions still apparent in Lebanese society. In April 2010, she gave birth to a baby boy Gebran Malek Maktabi. Their second son Sharif was born in 2013, followed by their first daughter Nour in 2015.

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Lebanese Forces

Lebanese Forces

The Lebanese Forces is a Lebanese Christian-based political party and former militia during the Lebanese Civil War. It currently holds 19 of the 128 seats in Lebanon's parliament and is therefore the largest party in parliament.

Malek Maktabi

Malek Maktabi

Malek Maktabi is a Lebanese television presenter who is known for hosting Ahmar Bil Khatt Al Aarid, a weekly talk show about social and human issues, which runs on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) TV network.

Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country located south of the Anatolian Peninsula in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is geographically in Western Asia, but its cultural ties and geopolitics are overwhelmingly Southeastern European. Cyprus is the third-largest and third-most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is located north of Egypt, east of Greece, south of Turkey, and west of Lebanon and Syria. Its capital and largest city is Nicosia. The northeast portion of the island is de facto governed by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Interfaith marriage

Interfaith marriage

Interfaith marriage, sometimes called a "mixed marriage", is marriage between spouses professing different religions. Although interfaith marriages are often established as civil marriages, in some instances they may be established as a religious marriage. This depends on religious doctrine of each of the two parties' religions; some prohibit interfaith marriage, and among others there are varying degrees of permissibility.

Source: "Nayla Tueni", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayla_Tueni.

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References
  1. ^ "Committee calls for greater female participation in pols". The Daily Star. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Mentor Arabia". www.mentorarabia.org. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 18 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Lebanon: The family business - Part 4". YouTube. 9 June 2009. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ [2] Archived 17 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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