Lebanon celebrates new president

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 25 (UPI) -- Celebratory gunfire rang out in Beirut Sunday after Lebanon's Parliament elected Gen. Michel Suleiman the nation's 12th president.

Police clash with protesters in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 7 (UPI) -- A protester participating in opposition-backed strikes in Lebanon injured several people with a percussive grenade, security sources in Beirut said Wednesday.

Analysis: Damascus summit stresses schism

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- As expected, there were no surprises at the Arab summit in Damascus that ended Sunday without any breakthrough regarding the Lebanese presidential crisis. .
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Lebanon pregnant with danger

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- It was late November 2007 when the already extended mandate of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud expired, the former president wished his staff at the presidential palace in Baabda good luck and goodbye, got into his armor-plated limousine and drove off into the night. Four months later and 16 attempts at staging elections to fill the vacant presidency, Baabda Palace remains unoccupied -- and Lebanon remains without a president.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Arab summit causing fury in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese officials, citing a long-standing row with Syria and Lebanon's own political vacuum, might not attend the upcoming Arab League summit, ministers said.

Lebanon postpones elections for 16th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon's presidential election was delayed Monday for the 16th time over power-sharing disputes between the ruling parties and Hezbollah, an official said.

Analysis: Mideast situation heats up

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Like a macabre jigsaw puzzle, the pieces for a generalized Middle East flare-up are slowly -- and dangerously -- falling into place.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Lebanese leader calls for war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Gunbattles broke out throughout Lebanon following statements by socialist leader Walid Jumblatt threatening war, a police official said.

Presidential elections in Lebanon delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon will remain without a president for an additional 15 days after parliamentary leaders again delayed a vote to elect the country's next leader.

Lebanon leader's vote delayed 13th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Political bickering will delay the Lebanese parliamentary vote for a new president until February, the house speaker announced.

U.S. Embassy car bombed in Lebanon, 4 dead

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A powerful explosion Tuesday killed four Lebanese bystanders and destroyed a car belonging to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, CNN said.

Moussa urges Lebanese to unite

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The head of the Arab League Saturday urged Lebanese opposition parties to band together for the good of their country.

Lebanon presidential vote postponed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Lebanese parliament postponed voting to approve a new president until Saturday after the body failed to reach a consensus on the issue Monday.

Lebanese elections delayed for 7th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Friday delayed the parliamentary session to elect a new head of state for the seventh time.

Analysis: Lebanon's un-independence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The deadline set by the Lebanese Constitution for the country's Parliament to elect a new president expired at midnight Friday. No consensus was reached and the departing president, Emile Lahoud, handed the task of insuring Lebanon's security to the army. He called it a "temporary measure." But in Lebanon, temporary measures have a bad habit of being more than temporary.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
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Emile Lahoud
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud (L) walks out his office after a meeting with former prime minister Omar Karami (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda near Beirut, October 21, 2004. President Emile Lahoud was set to appoint Omar Karami as Lebanon's prime minister on Thursday, a move that could strengthen Syria's role in Lebanon in the face of international pressure on Damascus to quit its neighbor. (UPI Photo/Mohammed Tawil)

General Émile Jamil Lahoud (Arabic: اميل لحود‎; born 12 January 1936) is a former President of Lebanon. He is the son of General Jamil Lahoud, a leader in the independence movement. His mother is of Armenian descent from the Armenian village of Kasab in Syria. Before being elected in 1998, he was Chief of Staff in the Army. Under Lebanon's unwritten constitutional agreement, Al Mithaq Alwatani, the presidency is earmarked for a Maronite Catholic, the parliament speaker's post for a Shiite Muslim and the prime minister's post is reserved for a Sunni Muslim.

Lahoud served under General Michel Aoun during the final years of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-90). After an Arab League-brokered cease-fire took effect, Lahoud crossed over into Syrian-controlled west Beirut. A Maronite military officer was needed to assume the position of army commander for the West Beirut-based Lebanese government endorsed by the 1989 Taif Agreement. Lahoud was offered the position.

He served in various posts in the military, including commander-in-chief of the army from 1989 to 1998, and then ran for the presidency in 1998, after having the constitution amended to allow the army commander-in-chief to run for office within three years of holding that post.

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