Lebanon without a president

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Lebanon had no president Friday for the first time since the end of the Lebanon civil war in 1990, as its parliament failed to resolve a political deadlock.

Outgoing Lebanon chief urges army security

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The president of Lebanon, only hours before he was set to leave office without a named successor, called on the Lebanese army to preserve security.

Lebanese presidential election delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon has pushed back its presidential election by nine days, from Monday to Nov. 21, marking the third time the parliamentary balloting has been postponed.

Beirut hosts leaders ahead of elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Foreign delegates visited Beirut for talks on Lebanon's presidential elections in an effort to avoid a power vacuum that would damage the country's stability.

Vote for Lebanese president delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Lebanese parliamentary vote for a new president was postponed Monday until next month by National Assembly Speaker Nabih Berri.

Lebanon moves vote on president to Oct.

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Lebanese opposition boycotted a parliamentary vote on a new president Tuesday, forcing the rescheduling of a vote for Oct. 23.

Lebanon considering vote postponement

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lebanon's presidential election will probably be delayed while a compromise candidate is sought, government leader Amin Gemayel said.

Lebanon vows election despite bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday scheduled parliamentary elections will take place next week despite a bomb attack on a lawmaker.

Bush decries Lebanese lawmaker's death

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The White House Wednesday said a Lebanese Parliament member who was killed in a car bombing outside Beirut was "viciously murdered."

Bomb kills six outside Lebanese capital

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A car bombing outside the Lebanese capital of Beirut Wednesday killed six people, including one member of the nation's parliament.

France pursues Lebanon diplomacy

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 28 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister was in Lebanon Saturday to try to ease tensions between supporters of Lebanon's prime minister and pro-Syrian opposition.

Arab League delegation in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 20 (UPI) -- Delegates from four Arab countries were in Lebanon Wednesday to try to mediate tensions between the government and opposition forces.

U.N. chief urges reconciliation in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday called for "national reconciliation" in Lebanon.

Political crisis still grips Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 23 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora accuses his political opposition of "breaching the Constitution" to create a political crisis.

Lebanese president rejects Hariri tribunal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has rejected a Cabinet proposal to create a tribunal to try suspects in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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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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