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.

U.N. verification team end Lebanon mission

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 11 (UPI) -- A United Nations team sent to Lebanon to make sure Syrian forces have left the country has concluded its mission. An official U.N. statement issued Wednesday said the international team thanked Lebanese army Gen. Michel Sleiman, then left to prepare its r

Syria completes Lebanon withdrawal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 26 (UPI) -- Syria completed its military and intelligence withdrawal from Lebanon Tuesday, ending more than 29 years of a controversial presence. An official farewell ceremony was held at the Rayak military base in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley attended by Lebanese
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Michel Sleiman
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 25, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kristoffer Tripplaar/POOL)

Michel Suleiman or Sleiman (Arabic: ميشال سليمان‎, born 21 November 1948) is the President of Lebanon. Before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces. After LAF commander Émile Lahoud took office as president in November of 1998, Suleiman succeeded him, taking his place in December. Suleiman was later elected President and was sworn into office on May 25, 2008.

Suleiman was born in Amsheet. He joined the Lebanese Armed Forces in 1967 and went on to graduate from the Military Academy as 2nd Lieutenant in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University. He is married to Wafaa Suleiman and has three children. His mother tongue is Arabic and he is also fluent in both French and English.

During his military service, he progressed from an infantry platoon leader to a Battalion Commander, and then assumed the position of a trainer in the Military Academy and in the non-commissioned officer School. From December 4, 1990 until August 24, 1991 he was appointed as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch of Mount Lebanon. The Lebanese Army Intelligence of Mount Lebanon was after the detention of hundreds of anti-Syrian demonstrators with some cases of reported torture. On August 25, 1991 he was reassigned to the post of the Army Staff Secretary-General until June 10, 1993. He was Commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade from June 6, 1993 to January 15, 1996, a period that witnessed violent confrontations with the Israeli forces in the West Beqaa Valley and South Lebanon regions. On January 15, 1996 he was appointed as Commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade and remained in this position until December 21, 1998, when he was appointed as the Commander of the Armed Forces.

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