A painting attached on a wall at the presidential palace depicts President Bechara Khoury. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ahead of the 2014 presidential election, this is the first in a series of articles examining the circumstances and conditions that shaped the elections of Lebanon's 12 presidents since 1943 .Following an accord between Britain and Egypt, Khoury was elected in September 1943, two months before Lebanon gained its independence from France.Traboulsi alleges that General Edward Spears, the mission Chief for Great Britain in Lebanon and Syria, favored Camille Chamoun over Khoury.But he adds that in July 1943, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Said, an ally of Britain, met Chamoun and Khoury and assessed both. Shortly after Khoury's election, Solh formed his government.
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