File - President Amine Gemayel takes the oath of office as the President of Lebanon on Sept. 21, 1982. (aminegemayel.org)
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Ahead of the 2014 presidential election, this is the eighth in a series of articles examining the circumstances and conditions that shaped the elections of Lebanon's 12 presidents since 1943 .BEIRUT: Amine Gemayel was elected to the top Christian post on September 1982, days after the assassination of his brother, President-elect Bachir Gemayel. He was looked at as a much more moderate figure than Bachir and won the votes of the Muslim MPs who had refused to support his brother.In his book "Curse of a Nation," former Kataeb Party leader Karim Pakradouni wrote that on Sept. 15, the party's politburo decided unanimously to nominate Amine for presidency after Bachir died before being sworn in. Pakradouni explained that the reason for this decision was the party's interest in keeping the post of the president for the Kataeb and also to avoid a presidential vacuum, as the term of President Elias Sarkis was to expire within a week. For its part, the U.S. preferred Gemayel to Chamoun.Syria opposed the candidacy of Chamoun and hinted that Amine was better than Bachir.
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