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Aoun, the controversial leader who refused to yieldLove him or loathe him, there is no denying that general-turned-politician Michel Aoun has been a central yet controversial figure in Lebanon's modern history. Even when he went into self-imposed exile in France between 1991 and 2005, Aoun championed calls for Syria's pullout from Lebanon by working with some U.S. congressmen on enacting an anti-Syria legislation, the 2003 Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act.At the end of his six-year term on Sept. 23, 1988, and after Parliament failed to meet to elect a successor, outgoing President Amine Gemayel dismissed the government of Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss and appointed a six-member interim military government headed by Aoun. Hrawi also ordered Aoun to leave Baabda Palace, but Aoun rejected the dismissal and refused to leave the palace.The alliance culminated in Hezbollah joining Aoun in blocking the Parliament to meet to elect a new president other than Aoun for nearly two-and-half years.
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