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Salim Lahoud was a Lebanese Maronite-Catholic political figure who was a Member of parliament and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Lebanon in the 1950s among other ministerial posts.
Lahoud was the father of Ambassador to the U.S.A, Member of Parliament and Minister of State H.E Nassib Lahoud. He is part of the Lahoud family, one of the most prominent Lebanese-Christian political families (See List of political families).
Lahoud was elected to the Lebanese parliament in 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1968 as an ally of the National Liberal Party of president Camille Chamoun. Lahoud held various ministerial posts including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense and Minister of Public works of the Republic of Lebanon.
He was married to Nadia Lahoud, who is of mixed French Lebanese descent and they had 2 sons, Nassib and Samir.
Lebanon is governed through a multi-confessional political system where since the 1990 Taef accord the presidency is earmarked for a Maronite-Catholic, the post of PM for a Sunni-Muslim and the post of Parliament speaker for a Shia-Muslim.
Before 1990, as Lebanon has historically been a country with a large majority of Christians, most political posts were occupied by Maronite-Catholics. Population trends as well as emigration (to Brazil, Argentina, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia) has since changed the social fabric drastically.