Suleiman Frangieh

Suleiman Frangieh

Suleiman Frangieh

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Suleiman Kabalan Frangieh, last name also spelled Frangié, Franjieh, or Franjiyeh (15 June 1910 - 23 July 1992) (), was President of Lebanon from 1970 to 1976. During his presidency, the Palestinian-Lebanese war erupted that eventually transformed into a civil war, which raged from 1975 to 1990.

Beginnings

Suleiman Frangieh was a scion of one of the leading Maronite families of Zgharta, near Tripoli; the family's name comes from the Greek Φρὰγκοι (pron. "Franggi"), after the Franks.

Frangieh was the second son of a politician, Kabalan Suleiman Frangieh and his mother was Lamia Raffoul. Kabalan Frangieh was a member of Parliament and his grandfather, a District Governor in the North.

Frangieh had five children with his Egyptian-born wife, Iris Handaly. Suleiman Frangieh took over the Parliament seat in 1958 from his brother Hamid Frangieh, after the latter became ill. In June 1978, Suleiman Frangieh's son Tony Frangieh, himself a Member of Parliament, was assassinated together with his wife and infant daughter. Suleiman Frangieh, Jr., the son of the murdered MP,nwas elected as Member of Parliament and eventually became a Minister of Health.

The presidential election of 1970

In the closest and possibly most controversial presidential election in Lebanese history, the National Assembly elected Frangieh to the Presidency of the Republic on August 17, 1970. He owed his upset victory over Elias Sarkis, the official candidate of the Chehabi regime to a last...
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