Government

Lebanon is a Democratic Republic, with a parliament chosen through an electoral process and a government headed by the Prime Minister. Its constitution is based on the separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers, with a President elected for a six year term. The 128 Members of Parliament are elected by adult sufferage for a four year term. The Lebanese Republic is divided into six regional authorities, or Mohafazaat: Beirut, North Lebanon, Mount Lebanon, South Lebanon, The Bekaa Valley and Nabatiyeh.

Currently, H. E. General Michel Sleiman is the President of The Republic of Lebanon as President, since May 25th 2008. Mr. Fouad Siniora is the Prime Minister.

His Excellency General Michel Sleiman President of The Republic of Lebanon          Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information                                                                                                    General Michel Sleiman is the 12th President of The Republic of Lebanon.                           Born on the 21st of November 1948, in Amchit - Jbeil.                                                  Married to Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman, and has 3 children:                                                         Rita, Dentist, married to Engineer Wissam Baroudi, and has two children.                         Lara, Architect Engineer, married to Engineer Nabil Hawat.                                         Charbel, Medical School, 6th year. 

He graduated from the Military Academy as 2nd Lieutenant in 1970, and he was appointed  Commander- in- Chief of the Lebanese Army on December 21, 1998 and             till May 25, 2008.                                

Academic qualifications                                                                                                 President Sleiman obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University in 1980. He masters the Arabic, English and French languages.                                                                                                                    

Military and Administrative courses                                                                                 During his military career, President Sleiman took part in many military and administrative courses, notably in Belgium1971, France 1981 and the United States of America 1995.

Decorations and Medals                                                                                                 President Sleiman was rewarded with many national and international decorations and medals, the most recent being the National Order of the Cedar ( Grand Cordon), and the Lebanese Order of Merit (Extraordinary Grade).

Landmarks of his military career, in particular during his Command of the Army.           To dedicate the Army to defending Democracy (2005-2008), rather than belonging to the regime and repressing its policy opponents. The national Army henceforth preserved the citizen`s security and rights. This national role was reflected in ensuring the security of demonstrators, public and private institutions and freedom of expression starting the year 2005 (date of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri) and to the date of his presidential election.                                                                                                             To fight terrorism by all military, political and social means.                                                 To complete the deployment process of the Lebanese Army on all the Lebanese territories following the withdrawal of the Syrian Army on April 26, 2005 and till his presidential election.                                                                                                                                 To implement a plan putting an end to the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, and in particular, to plan and prepare for the deployment of the Lebanese Army in the South and on the land and sea passageways. The operation was carried out accurately and perfectly, and in the end, the Lebanese flag was hoisted on the Southern border hill of Labbouneh on October 2, 2006, indicating the restoration of the Lebanese sovereignty in the South.    

Headlines and main activities since his election to presidency                                           The Nation`s deputies convened to elect General Michel Sleiman as President of the Republic of Lebanon on May 25, 2008, in a public sitting covered by local and International media, with the participation of many heads of State or their representatives, and in a climate of popular satisfaction.  

The priorities of President Sleiman`s presidential term were set out clearly, notably: national reconciliation, affirming Lebanon`s active role as a message of dialogue and conviviality; protecting the country`s independence, unity and territorial integrity; providing security and favorable conditions for economic and social growth; reinforcing constitutional institutions; fighting terrorism; implementing international resolutions related to Lebanon; opposing any form of settlement for Palestinian refugees on the Lebanese territories.

President Sleiman launched the table of national dialogue at the Presidential Place in Baabda on September 16, 2008, in pursuance of the Doha Agreement`s articles, and in view of consolidation National Reconciliation and Entente.

In parallel to local issues, he exchanged visits with heads of friendly countries, and took part in the work of regional and international organizations, especially the United Nations, in order to consecrate Lebanon`s rights and defend its supreme interests.

Lebanon has been and continues to be an integral player in the Middle East and throughout the international community. Lebanon is a founding member of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations, and it has played a major role in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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The Flag    

Upon its independence on November 22, 1943, Lebanon adopted this flag which consists of three horizontal bands, red, white, and red, with a green cedar in the center, i.e. the white band amounts to the size of both red bands put together, as a symbol for peace. The red bands symbolize the pure blood, shed in the aim of liberation. The tip and root of the green Cedar both stretch towards the edge of the red areas symbolizing immortality.

  Flag
National Anthem

All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!
Our valor and our writings are the envy of the ages.
Our mountains and our valleys, they bring forth stalwart men.
And to Perfection all our efforts we devote.
All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!
Our Elders and our children, they await our Country's call,
And on the Day of Crisis they are as Lions of the Jungle.
The heart of our East is ever Lebanon,
May God preserve her until end of time?
All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!
The Gems of the East are her land and sea.
Throughout the world her good deeds flow from pole to pole.
And her name is her glory since time began.
Immortality's Symbol--the Cedar--is her Pride.
All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!

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