Anyone from the ousted Cabinet who would like to accompany me should submit his resignation first because this Cabinet is illegitimate and unconstitutionalPolitical crisis still grips Lebanon Mar 23, 2007
The Israelis themselves said that they want to take Lebanon 20 years backLahoud: Israel wants to destroy Lebanon Oct 11, 2006
The resistance played an important role in liberating the greatest part of south Lebanon from occupation and we cannot consider it as a terrorist movementLebanon president: Hezbollah no terrorist Jul 25, 2005
We need to find a settlement that would safeguard Lebanon's security and stability and any possible negative repercussions on its national unityLebanon president: Hezbollah no terrorist Jul 25, 2005
Terrorism is an evil that opposes human values and principles. Lebanon, which was the victim of violence for many years, shares the sufferings of the British peopleArab governments denounce London blasts Jul 07, 2005
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.