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Security chiefs under judicial scrutiny

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 17 (UPI) -- Lebanon's security chief Thursday put himself at the disposal of judicial authorities investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Syria withdrawal not conditional

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- The White House was adamant Tuesday that Syria withdraw completely from Lebanon without any qualifications. "We've made it clear and so has the U.N. envoy ... that U.N. Resolution 1559 calls for the complete withdrawal of all Syrian forces," spokesman Sc

Lebanon promises free elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud Sunday promised U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen his country will hold free and honest parliamentary elections in May.

Lebanon's president warns against protests

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 12 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud Saturday warned against the continuous protests in Beirut since the Feb. 14 assassination of a former prime minister.

Syria tightens grip on Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 11 (UPI) -- Syria is tightening its control of Lebanon even as its well-publicized troop deployment is designed to project a more benign image.

Lebanon speaker slams Straw

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri slammed British Foreign Minister Jack Straw for criticizing the re-nomination of ousted Prime Minister Omar Karami.

Assad's statue in south Lebanon destroyed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 11 (UPI) -- Unidentified saboteurs Friday destroyed a statue of late Syrian President Hafez Assad in the town of Qana in southern Lebanon for the second time in 10 days.

U.S.: Lebanon needs effective government

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The Bush administration said nothing has changed as a result of Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami getting his job back.

Ousted Lebanon PM re-nominated

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami was nominated Thursday to form a new government, 10 days after he resigned under popular pressure.

Former Lebanese PM may be re-appointed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon's parliament has decided former Prime Minister Omar Karami will be reappointed, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Syrian troops begin Lebanese pull-out

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 8 (UPI) -- Syrian troops began mobilizing in Lebanon Tuesday as part of a pull-back plan the United States decried as a half-measure, the BBC reported.

Syrian announcement not enough, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The United States Monday said Syria's announced partial troop withdrawal from Lebanon does not go far enough to meet international demands.

Lebanon, Syria talk of disengagement

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 7 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Syrian leader Bashar Assad Monday agreed on a Syrian troop pullout to Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley.

Syrian pullout to start Monday

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 6 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Murad said Sunday the Syrian troops will start pulling back toward the Syrian border Monday.

Syria to redeploy troops in Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 5 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad announced Saturday he has agreed to redeploy Syrian forces in Lebanon.
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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)
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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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