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Biography for Emile Lahoud

First Name: Emile
Last Name: Lahoud
Title: President of the Republic of Lebanon
Country: Lebanon
Date of Birth: 12/01/1936
Place of Birth: Beirut Lebanon.
Family: Son of Late General Jamil Lahoud (Deputy of Metn and Minister of Social Affairs) and Adrinee Badjakian. From his early childhood, Emile Lahoud witnessed his father’s struggle for the independence of Lebanon. General Lahoud’s father, whose name is synonymous with the creation of the Army and the quest for independence, taught him military discipline, which accepts no alternative to the national will.His father’s experience in politics also taught General Emile Lahoud the values of loyalty and justice, enhancing his knowledge and stressing two features: The officer who devotes himself to his country; and the politician who works sincerely and justly.Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
Spouses: Married to Andrée Amadouny.Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
Children: 3 children - Karine (1969), married to Elias Michel Murr, Emile Jr. (1975) and Ralph (1977).Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
Education: Naval engineering in the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1960 Chemical Bactirio Radiation (CBR) College in the U.S.A, 1967-1968 Naval Staff course in the U.S.A. (Rhode Island) from 1972 to 1973 Naval Command College in the U.S.A. (Rhode Island) from 1979 to 1980 Member of the Engineering Society of Lebanon (31/7/1967) Acting Honorary Chairman of the Engineering Society (24/11/1998) Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (October 2002) Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
Languages: ArabicEnglishFrench
Hobbies: Hobbies - Reading, Music, Movies.Sports - Swimming, Scuba Diving.Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
CV: PAST OCCUPATIONMilitary Service Joined the Military Academy as Cadet Officer in 1956  Sub Lieutenant in 1959 Lieutenant in 1962 Lieutenant Commander in 1969 Commander in 1974 Lieutenant in 1969  Captain in 1980 Rear Admiral in 1985 Vice Admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces 28/11/1989  Professional Assignments Assigned as Chief of Cabinet of the Armed Forces Commander from 1973 to 1979 Assigned as Director of Personnel of the Army from 1980 to 1983 Assigned as Chief of the Military Cabinet at the Ministry of Defense from 1983 to 1989 Assigned as General Army Commander 28/11/1989CURRENT OCCUPATION Elected President of the Republic of Lebanon, October 15, 1998 Source: Presidency (2004-08-27)
Awards: The Medal of December 31, 1961 Lebanese Order of Merit (3rd Grade), 1971 Medal of Merit and Honor (High Ranking Officer), Haiti, 1974 Navy Medal (Excellent Grade), 1974 Tudor Vladimirescu Medal (4th degree), Romania, 1974 Lebanese Order of Merit (2nd Grade), 1983 National Order of the Cedar (Knight), 1983 Lebanese Order of Merit (1st Grade), 1988 National Order of the Cedar (Officer), 1989 War Medal, 1991 War Medal, 1992 National Order of the Cedar (Grand Cordon), 1993 Medal of the "Dawn of the South", 1993 The Medal of National Unity, 1993 Military Valour Medal, 1994 State Security Medal, 1994 Commander of the Legion of Honor, France, 1996 Order of Merit (Senior Officer Rank), Italy, 1997 Great Cross of Argentina, 1998 Lebanese Order of Merit (Extraordinary Grade), 1998. Order of Al-Hussein Ibn Ali, Jordan, 1999 Great Collar of Independence, Qatar, 1999 Order of Saint Misrope Mashtos, Armenia, 2000 King Abdul-Aziz Collar, Saudi Arabia, 2000 Great Collar of The Union, United Arab Emirates, 2000Great Collar of Mubarak, Kuwait, 2000 Great Collar of the Nile, Egypt, 2000 Great Collar of Independence, Qatar, 2000 Great Collar of the Khalifite Order, Bahrein, 2000 Order of the White Double Cross (1st Class), Slovakia, 2001 The "Star of Romania" Collar, 1999, 2001 Great Cross of the Legion of Honor, France, 2001 The Al Muhammadi Decoration (Extraordinary Grade), Morocco, 2001Order of November the 7th (highest Grade), Tunisia, 2001Great Cross of the Grimaldi's Order, Monaco, 2001Great Cross of the Redeemer's Order, Greece, 2001National Order of Oumaya - Grand Cordon, Syria, 2002Badge of the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise - 1st class, Ukraine, 2002.Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III, Cyprus, 2002National Order of Merit "Al-Athir", Algeria, 2002Order of the Republic, Yemen, 2002Military Order of Oman - first category, Oman, 2002The Order Stara Planina, Bulgaria, 2003Gold Olympic Order, 2003National Order of the South Cross, Brasilia – Brazil, 2004Big Cross of the Ipiranga Order, Sao Paolo – Brazil, 2004Order of Merit – Grand Cross with Chain, Hungary, 2004Knight Grand Cross of Merit with Gold Star of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, 2004.Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Poland, 2004.Source: Presidency (2004-08-27) 
Misc: Under the Lebanese constitution, the President's term was limited to one six-year term. However, under pressure from Syria, in 2004 the parliament voted to extend his term for an additional three years, to 2007....

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