File - Elias Hrawi delivers his Inaugural speech, Nov. 24, 1989. (The Daily Star/Elias Hraoui Website, HO)
Banking on amnesia
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Ahead of the 2014 presidential election, this is the 10th in a series of articles examining the circumstances and conditions that shaped the elections of Lebanon's 12 presidents since 1943 .BEIRUT: The election of Elias Hrawi to presidency marked the end of Lebanon's 15-year Civil War and the fall of complete Syrian tutelage over the country. Elected in Nov. 24, 1989, two days after the assassination of President Rene Mouawad, Hrawi was the second head of state after independence whose term was extended. Husseini agreed, and asked Mansour to discuss the issue with Helou, promising to convince the Syrians to back his election.Mansour said that Husseini informed the Syrians about Helou's decision.Hrawi had run against Mouawad, but garnered only five votes.For the next six years, Hrawi, Speaker Nabih Berri and Hariri ruled Lebanon as a troika.As Hrawi's term was nearing its end, Hariri announced that he backed the extension of the president's term.
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