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Lebanese leaders call on security agencies to help end violence

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, May 24 (UPI) -- Top Lebanese officials Friday called on security agencies to work toward ending fighting in the northern city of Tripoli.

Lebanon's PM supports Hezbollah resistance

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 8 (UPI) -- Hezbollah's weapons are a strong deterrent against Israel but its authority doesn't trump the central government, Lebanon's prime minister said.

Five injured in Beirut shootings

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Lebanese security sources said at least three people were wounded in Beirut during an overnight gunfight between rival militias.

EU raps Lebanon on Syrian refugee move

BRUSSELS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The European Union has urged Lebanon to honor its humanitarian commitments in the wake of its deportation of Syrian refugees back to their war-torn country.
U.N. envoy discusses Lebanese stability

U.N. envoy discusses Lebanese stability

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams Thursday met with former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, the United Nations said.

Telecom deal in Lebanon Cabinet?

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Lawmakers described the latest round of talks on a new government in Lebanon as positive as leaders discuss the next telecommunications minister.

Lebanon to boost electricity output

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government is considering buying new electricity generators capable of generating 300 megawatts to reduce power rationing.

New Lebanese government during Ramadan?

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said a new government would materialize at some point during the holy month of Ramadan.

Siniora self-nomination criticized

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 8 (UPI) -- The Lebanese Hezbollah warned of repercussions following the nomination of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to a Sunni parliamentary seat for the June elections.
Leaders of Iraq and Lebanon have talks

Leaders of Iraq and Lebanon have talks

BAGHDAD, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora arrived Wednesday in Baghdad for diplomatic talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Egypt to supply Lebanon with electricity

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Egypt will supply energy to Lebanon.

Lebanon forms national unity government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese officials have organized a national unity government with 30 members, Cabinet Secretary-General Suhayl Buji said Friday.
Rice voices U.S. support of Lebanon pact

Rice voices U.S. support of Lebanon pact

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Lebanon Monday, said the United States supports a pact between the government and the Hezbollah-led opposition.

Iran accused of planning secret operations

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 30 (UPI) -- Members of the Lebanese Forces say Iran is trying to execute secret missions in Lebanon.
Lebanese president stresses unity

Lebanese president stresses unity

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 30 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is stressing in meetings with military and political leaders that the nation cannot survive without unity.
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Fouad Siniora (alternative spellings: Fouad Sanyoura, Fuad Sinyora, Fouad Saniora, Fouad Seniora) (Arabic: فؤاد السنيورة ‎, Fu'ād as-Sanyūrah) is a Lebanese politician, a former Prime Minister of Lebanon, a position he held from 19 July 2005 to May 25, 2008 the date of the election of the new President of Lebanon; he was renominated to the post on 28 May 2008 and held the post as Acting President between those dates. He stepped down on 9 November 2009 in favor of Saad Hariri, the late Rafiq Hariri's son. He currently serves as a member of Parliament from Saida.

Siniora was born into a Sunni-Muslim family in Sidon on April 14, 1943. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut after attending the American School for Boys in Sidon. He speaks fluent English. In the 1970s, Siniora worked for Citibank and taught at his alma mater in Beirut and at the Lebanese University. He then joined the audit committee at Lebanon's Central Bank in 1977. In 1982, he was recruited by successful businessman Rafik Hariri to help him manage and expand his massive business empire. Upon the end of Lebanon's Civil War, Hariri became Lebanon's Prime Minister. Hariri appointed Siniora as his Minister of Finance in his successive cabinets. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of Groupe Mediterranee which encompasses four Hariri-owned banks. He is known for his interest in Arab literature and poetry.

Fouad Siniora has strong ties with the international financial community. Strongly pro-business, he is considered a moderate partisan of free trade. He was a very close adviser to late Rafik Hariri and he is very close to his son Saad Hariri. He served as finance minister from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 to 2004 during which he was the architect of the national debt that climbed from US $2 billion to US $50 billion . Siniora was the main architect of the Paris II conference in November 2002 which allowed Lebanon to get US $2.6 billion and the Paris III Conference in January 2007 which pledged 13 billion dollars to Lebanon. He was accused of corruption and mismanagement after Hariri's ousting in 1998, in what was mainly viewed as a conflict between Hariri and Syria, and a Syrian-orchestrated move to keep him in line. Siniora was cleared of all charges in 2003 by the parliament and the Judicial Court. In 2002, he abolished most of Lebanon's duty taxes and introduced a Value Added Tax.

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