After almost two and a half years of presidential vacancy, the Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun, a former friend of Israel who turned into an ally of Hezbollah.


Aoun Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After almost two and a half years of political struggles that left Lebanon without a president, former army commander Michel Aoun was elected for the position.

After two rounds of voting, Aoun received a number of required votes from Lebanon’s parliament today (Monday). He was sworn in during a quick ceremony, becoming Lebanon’s 13th president and ending the 29-month presidential vacancy. According to the announcement, Sunni Saad Hariri will become prime minister, a title he previously held. It was reported that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah welcomed the appointments.

Aoun was considered a friend of Israel when he was a commander in the Lebanese Armed Forces. When the IDF reached Beirut in 1982, Aoun was considered an enemy of the Syrians. However, Aoun has become an ally of Nasrallah over the years. His candidacy for president was even backed by Hezbollah.