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U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat arrived in Beirut as the United States ramped up pressure on Lebanon to fund a U.N.-backed probe into the 2005 slaying of Rafik Hariri.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
By United Press International

Hezbollah justified as anti-Israel shield

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 24 (UPI) -- Lebanon needs Hezbollah as a defense against Israel, a Christian ally of the Shiite Muslim movement said Sunday.

Christian controversy shakes Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A decision by former Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun to attend Christian celebrations in neighboring Syria sparked outrage at home in Beirut.
Aoun undermines optimism in Beirut

Aoun undermines optimism in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Michel Aoun rejected the latest proposal for ministerial portfolios in the Lebanese government following early optimism for a new Cabinet.

Cabinet talks going nowhere in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Cabinet deliberations in Beirut dragged on as Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri failed to end the impasse over the Telecommunications Ministry.

Opposition restless in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers in Lebanon said they would consider a new approach if a government is not formed by the end of the week.

New snags in Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Demands by top party leaders in Beirut for more ministerial positions in the next Lebanese government threaten to derail the latest momentum, analysts say.

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.

U.N. hopeful for Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The political sentiment among lawmakers in Beirut suggests a national unity government is forthcoming, the U.N. special envoy to Lebanon said.

Aoun warns Hariri over telcom minister

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers in Lebanon warned leaders against excluding the caretaker telecommunications minister from the next government.

Aoun refuses meeting with Hariri

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmaker Michel Aoun refused a meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to discuss forming the next Lebanese government.

Beirut Cabinet talks deadlocked

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Negotiations on the allocation of Cabinet ministers in the next Lebanese government hit a snare in part due to demands made by former President Michel Aoun.

Lebanese leader praises Iranian leadership

TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Iranian state-run media Monday said Lebanese lawmaker Michel Aoun hailed Tehran as the most powerful force in the region during a diplomatic visit.
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) greets officials as the Leader of Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Party Michel Aoun (L) looks on during their meeting in Tehran, Iran on October 13, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Michel Naim Aoun (Arabic: ميشال نعيم عون‎) (born September 30, 1933) is a Lebanese politician. From 22 September 1988 to 13 October 1990, he served as Prime Minister of the legal one of two rival governments that contended for power. He declared "The Liberation War" against the Syrian Occupation on the 14th of March 1989, where he was defeated on the 13th of October and exiled to France. He returned to Lebanon on May 7, 2005, eleven days after the withdrawal of Syrian troops. In 2006, as head of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah. He visited Syria in 2009. Known as "General," Aoun is currently a Member of Parliament. He leads the "Free Patriotic Movement" party which has 27 representatives and is the second biggest bloc in the parliament.

A Maronite, Michel Aoun was born to a modest family in the mixed Christian and Shiite suburb of Haret Hreik, to the south of Beirut. He finished his secondary education at the College Des Frères in 1955 and enrolled in the Military Academy as a cadet officer. Three years later, he graduated as an artillery officer in the Lebanese Army.

Michel Aoun is married to Nadia El-Chami. They have three daughters: Mireille, Claudine and Chantal.

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