File - Newly elected President Emile Lahoud, left, is sworn in by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the Parliament in Beirut Tuesday Nov. 24, 1998. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ahead of the 2014 presidential election, this is the 11th in a series of articles examining the circumstances and conditions that shaped the elections of Lebanon's 12 presidents since 1943 .During Lahoud's tenure, Israel's army would withdraw from south Lebanon, ending 22 years of occupation, and Syria would exit Lebanon too, after around 30 years of military presence in the country.Lahoud, however, defended Syria's military presence in Lebanon, saying it was necessary as long as Israel continued to occupy the disputed the Shebaa Farms and Syria's Golan Heights, as well as refusing to recognize the right of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to return home.As Lahoud's six-year term neared its end, international pressure on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon mounted.Ignoring the resolution and growing Lebanese dissent, Syria forced through a three-year extension of Lahoud's term.The Lebanese leader's assassination on Feb. 14, 2005, and the events that followed weakened Lahoud.Lahoud remained unapologetic for his actions long after he had left Baabda Palace.
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