File - Michel Suleiman, left, being sworn in as the new President near Parliament, with Speaker Nabih Berri at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Nabil Mounzer, Pool)
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Ahead of the 2014 presidential election, this is the 12th and last article in a series that has examined the circumstances and conditions that shaped the elections of Lebanon's presidents since 1943 .BEIRUT: The election of Michel Sleiman to the presidency came as a result of the Qatari-brokered Doha Accord that ended days of civil strife and months of a presidential vacuum, yet it was during his term that Lebanon would face an even graver crisis: the Syrian civil war. Appointed Army Commander in 1998 to replace President Emile Lahoud when he was elected president, Sleiman rose to prominence in summer 2007 when the Army fought and eventually crushed militant group Fatah al-Islam in the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.Under the Doha Accord, Sleiman was made president, a national unity government granting the March 8 group veto power was formed and Parliament passed an electoral law based on the voting system adopted in 1960 .Parliament instead relied on Article 74 of the Constitution, which states that Parliament should immediately convene and elect a president in the event of a presidential vacuum.Antagonized by Sleiman's "offensive and harmful speech," Hezbollah boycotted a Dialogue session called by the president on March 31 .Sleiman was adamant that his term should not be extended or renewed.
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