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List of Presidents of Lebanon

President of the
Lebanese Republic
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Incumbent
Tammam Salam
(Acting)

since 25 May 2014
Style His/Her Excellency
Residence Baabda Palace
Term length 6 years
Inaugural holder Bechara El Khoury
22 November 1943
Formation Constitution of Lebanon
23 May 1926
Website Presidency of the Lebanese Republic
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This is a list of Presidents (and acting Presidents) of Lebanon since the creation of the office in 1926. Though it is not specifically stated in the constitution, an unwritten understanding known as the National Pact, agreed in 1943, has resulted in the holder of the post being a Maronite Christian in every electoral cycle since that time. This agreement had to be suspended three times, when three Sunni Muslims, the former Prime Ministers had to step in as Acting Presidents, Selim Hoss in 1988, Fouad Siniora in 2007 and Tammam Salam in 2014. The president is largely a ceremonial and symbolic post. Nevertheless, the president is still able to exercise influence on policy making and has the role, in conjuction with the prime minister, to choose ministers in the Lebanese Government and safeguard the constitution.

List of Presidents of Lebanon (1926–present)

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# Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
(Term)
Term of Office Party

Presidents of the Greater Lebanon (French Mandate of Lebanon) (1926–1943)

1 Charles Debbas
شارل دباس
(1885–1935)
1 September 1926 2 January 1934 Independent
80px Antoine Privat-Aubouard
أنطوان أوبوار
(?–?)
(Acting)
2 January 1934 30 January 1934 Independent
2 80px Habib Pacha Es-Saad
حبيب باشا السعد
(1867–1942)
30 January 1934 20 January 1936 Independent
3 80px Émile Eddé
إميل أده
(1886–1949)
20 January 1936 4 April 1941 National Bloc
80px Pierre-Georges Arlabosse
بيار جورج أرلابوس
(?–?)
(Acting)
4 April 1941 9 April 1941 Independent
4 80px Alfred Georges Naccache
ألفرد جورج النقاش
(1887–1978)
9 April 1941 18 March 1943 Kataeb Party
80px Ayoub Tabet
أيوب ثابت
(1884–1951)
(Acting)
19 March 1943 21 July 1943 Independent
5 80px Petro Trad
بيترو طراد
(1876–1947)
22 July 1943 21 September 1943 Independent
6 80px Bechara Khoury
بشارة الخوري
(1890–1964)
21 September 1943 11 November 1943 Constitutional Party

Presidents of the Lebanese Republic (1943–present)

(3) 80px Émile Eddé
إميل أده
(1886–1949)
11 November 1943 22 November 1943 National Bloc
(6) 80px Bechara Khoury
بشارة الخوري
(1890–1964)
22 November 1943 18 September 1952 Constitutional Party
80px Fuad Chehab
فؤاد شهاب
(1902–1973)
(1st Term, Acting)
18 September 1952 22 September 1952 Independent
7 80px Camille Chamoun
كميل شمعون
(1900–1987)
23 September 1952 22 September 1958 National Liberal Party
8 80px Fuad Chehab
فؤاد شهاب
(1902–1973)
(2nd Term)
23 September 1958 22 September 1964 Independent
9 80px Charles Helou
شارل حلو
(1913–2001)
23 September 1964 22 September 1970 Chehabist, Kataeb Party
10 80px Suleiman Frangieh
سليمان فرنجية
(1910–1992)
23 September 1970 22 September 1976 Marada Movement
11 80px Elias Sarkis
إلياس سركيس
(1924–1985)
23 September 1976 22 September 1982 Chehabist
80px Bachir Gemayel
بشير الجميل
(1947–1982)
23 August 1982 14 September 1982[1] Kataeb Party
12 80px Amine Gemayel
أمين الجميل
(b. 1942)
23 September 1982 22 September 1988 Kataeb Party
80px Selim Hoss
سليم الحص
(b. 1929)
(Acting)
22 September 1988[2] 5 November 1989 Independent
80px Michel Aoun
ميشال عون
(b. 1935)
(Acting)
22 September 1988[3] 13 October 1990 Military
13 80px René Moawad
رينيه معوض
(1925–1989)
5 November 1989 22 November 1989[4] Independence Movement
80px Selim Hoss
سليم الحص
(b. 1929)
(2nd Term, Acting)
22 November 1989 24 November 1989 Independent
14 80px Elias Hrawi
إلياس الهراوي
(1926–2006)
24 November 1989 24 November 1998 Independent
15 80px Émile Lahoud
إميل لحود
(b. 1936)
24 November 1998 24 November 2007 Independent
80px Fouad Siniora
فؤاد السنيورة
(b. 1943)
(Acting)
24 November 2007 25 May 2008 Future Movement
16 80px Michel Suleiman
ميشال سليمان
(b. 1948)
25 May 2008 25 May 2014 Independent
80px Tammam Salam
تمّام سلام
(b. 1945)
(Acting)
25 May 2014 Incumbent Independent

Footnotes

  1. ^ Assassinated prior to taking office
  2. ^ Disputed: Dismissal as prime minister on 22 September 1988 contested
  3. ^ Disputed: Appointment as prime minister on 22 September 1988 contested
  4. ^ Assassinated

Living former Presidents

Name Term Date of birth
Amine Gemayel 1982–1988 22 January 1942
Émile Lahoud 1998–2007 12 January 1936
Michel Suleiman 2008–2014 21 November 1948

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