List of Presidents of Lebanon

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President of the
Republic of Lebanon
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Michel Suleiman - 2009.jpg
Incumbent
Michel Suleiman

since 25 May 2008
Residence Baabda Palace, Beirut
Inaugural holder Bechara El Khoury
22 November 1943
Formation Constitution of Lebanon
23 May 1926
Website Presidency of Republic of Lebanon
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Lebanon

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 twice, when two Muslims, the former Prime Ministers had to step in as Acting Presidents, Selim Hoss in 1988 and Fouad Siniora in 2007.

List of Presidents of Lebanon (1926–present)[edit]

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

Presidents of the Greater Lebanon (Part of the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon) (1926–1943)[edit]

1 Charles Debbas.jpg Charles Debbas
شارل دباس
(1885–1935)
1 September 1926 2 January 1934 Independent
No image.png Antoine Privat-Aubouard
أنطوان أوبوار
(?–?)
(Acting President)
2 January 1934 30 January 1934 Independent
2 No image.png Habib Pacha Es-Saad
حبيب باشا السعد
(1867–1942)
30 January 1934 20 January 1936 Independent
3 Eddé.jpg Émile Eddé
إميل أده
(1886–1949)
20 January 1936 4 April 1941 Lebanese National Bloc
No image.png Pierre-Georges Arlabosse
بيار جورج أرلابوس
(?–?)
(Acting President)
4 April 1941 9 April 1941 Independent
4 No image.png Alfred Georges Naccache
ألفرد جورج النقاش
(1887–1978)
9 April 1941 18 March 1943 Kataeb Party
No image.png Ayoub Tabet
أيوب ثابت
(1884–1951)
(Acting President)
19 March 1943 21 July 1943 Independent
5 No image.png Petro Trad
بيترو طراد
(1876–1947)
22 July 1943 21 September 1943 Independent
6 Bechara elkhoury.jpg Bechara Khoury
بشارة الخوري
(1890–1964)
21 September 1943 11 November 1943 Constitutional Party

Presidents of the Republic of Lebanon (1943–present)[edit]

(5) Émile Edde
إميل ادة
(1890–1964)
21 November 1943 12 September 1943 National Bloc
(6) Bechara elkhoury.jpg Bechara Khoury
بشارة الخوري
(1890–1964)
22 November 1943 18 September 1952 Constitutional Party
Easter 1961, saluting back Lebanese citizens.jpg Fuad Chehab
فؤاد شهاب
(1902–1973)
(1st Term, Acting President)
18 September 1952 22 September 1952 Independent
7 Camille chamoun.jpg Camille Chamoun
كميل شمعون
(1900–1987)
23 September 1952 22 September 1958 National Liberal Party
8 Easter 1961, saluting back Lebanese citizens.jpg Fuad Chehab
فؤاد شهاب
(1902–1973)
(2nd Term)
23 September 1958 22 September 1964 Independent /
Military
9 Charles Helou.jpg Charles Helou
شارل حلو
(1913–2001)
23 September 1964 22 September 1970 Chehabist, Kataeb Party
10 Suleiman Frangieh - FOCR.jpg Suleiman Frangieh
سليمان فرنجية
(1910–1992)
23 September 1970 22 September 1976 Marada Movement
11 No image.png Elias Sarkis
إلياس سركيس
(1924–1985)
23 September 1976 22 September 1982 Chehabist
Bachir Pierre Gemayel.jpg Bachir Gemayel
بشير الجميل
(1947–1982)[1]
23 August 1982
(president-elect)
14 September 1982
(assassinated)
Kataeb Party
12 Amine Gemayel 2007.jpg Amine Gemayel
أمين الجميل
(b. 1942)
23 September 1982 22 September 1988 Kataeb Party
Salim el-Hoss Axis for Peace 2005-11-17.jpg Selim Hoss
سليم الحص
(b. 1929)
(1st Term, Acting President)
24 September 1988 5 November 1989 Independent
13 René Moawad.jpg René Moawad
رينيه معوض
(1925–1989)
5 November 1989 22 November 1989[2] Independence Movement
Salim el-Hoss Axis for Peace 2005-11-17.jpg Selim Hoss
سليم الحص
(b. 1929)
(2nd Term, Acting President)
22 November 1989 24 November 1989 Independent
No image.png Michel Aoun
ميشال عون
(b. 1935)
(Acting President)
23 September 1988 13 October 1990 Military
14 Elias Hraoui President.jpg Elias Hrawi
إلياس الهراوي
(1926–2006)
24 November 1989 24 November 1998 Independent
15 Lebanon.EmileLahoud.01.jpg Émile Lahoud
إميل لحود
(b. 1936)
24 November 1998 24 November 2007 Independent /
Military
Fouad Sinora.jpg Fouad Siniora
فؤاد السنيورة
(b. 1943)
(Acting President)
24 November 2007 25 May 2008 Future Movement / March 14 Alliance
16 Michel Suleiman - 2009.jpg Michel Suleiman
ميشال سليمان
(b. 1948)
25 May 2008 Incumbent Independent /
Military

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Assassinated prior to taking office
  2. ^ Assassinated

Living former Presidents[edit]

Name Term Date of birth
Amine Gemayel 1982–1988 22 January 1942
Émile Lahoud 1998–2007 12 January 1936

See also[edit]