Michel Aoun is the President of the Lebanese Republic. He was elected in October 2016 for a six-year term. He previously served as Commander of the Lebanese Army during the Lebanese civil war, from 1984 to 1990. When the term in office of former President Amine Gemayel ended in September 1988 without a successor elected to assume the presidency, Gemayel appointed General Michel Aoun as interim Prime Minister in charge of leading a caretaking government until the election of a new president.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, General Michel Aoun led a divided Lebanese Army in a conflict with the Syrian forces in Lebanon in 1989. He rejected the Taif Agreement, contesting the legitimacy of the Members of Parliament who signed it and the role that the Syrian regime would be playing in Lebanon. The Aoun-led Lebanese Army also clashed with the Lebanese Forces militia, in one of the bloodiest intra-Christian episodes of the civil war. General Michel Aoun was eventually defeated on October 13, 1990 and had to concede power to then President Elias Hraoui and his new government formed after the Taif Agreement. He left Lebanon months later and went into exile in France, from where he created the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), a major force in the opposition to the Syrian regime’s hegemony over Lebanon. Supporters of FPM faced severe repression in Lebanon in the 1990s and until 2005.
After the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the subsequent withdrawal of the Syrian forces from Lebanon, General Michel Aoun returned to Lebanon on May 6, 2005 and led his party to become the second largest bloc in Parliament in June of that year. He was elected MP for Kesrwan. In February 2006, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and began a process of reconciliation with the Syrian regime. He remained a top contender for the Lebanese presidency in 2007, but withdrew his candidacy in May 2008 in favor of General Michel Sleiman and ensured a strong participation of the Free Patriotic Movement in the Council of Ministers. He was re-elected MP in 2009 and, after more than two years of presidential vacuum that started in 2014, he secured the support of two of his opponents (Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea) to be elected President of the Republic in October 2016.
Several members of Michel Aoun’s family play a prominent role in politics and media:
Claudine Aoun, daughter of Michel Aoun, President of the National Council of Lebanese Women, Special Assistant to the President of the Lebanese Republic Michel Aoun, founding member of the Free Patriotic Movement, and founder of Clémentine SAL communication agency. Married to Member of Parliament and former Army General Chamel Roukoz.
Mireille Aoun, daughter of Michel Aoun, special advisor to the President, member of FPM’s Political Council, married to Roy Hachem, CEO of OTV.
Chantal Aoun, daughter of Michel Aoun, married to Gebran Bassil, President of the Free Patriotic Movement, Member of Parliament (since 2018), president of the Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (since 2014), former Minister of Energy and Water (2009-2014), former Minister of Telecommunications (2008-2009).
Nadia Chami Aoun, wife of Michel Aoun, First Lady of Lebanon.
Alain Aoun, nephew of Michel Aoun, Member of Parliament since 2009.
Pierre Selwan, nephew of Michel Aoun, Chief Architect at Microsemi, a US-based microchip company.
Family & Friends
Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends
CEO of Al-Mada Group and owner of Sawt Al Mada Radio.
President of the Lebanese Republic (since 2016)
Son-in-law of President Michel Aoun. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (since 2013). Member of Parliament (since 2018). President of the Free Patriotic Movement
President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women. Daughter of President Michel Aoun. Wife of MP Chamel Roukoz.
Son-in-law of President Michel Aoun. CEO of OTV.
Daughter and Advisor of President Michel Aoun. Wife of Roy Hachem
Wife of President Michel Aoun. First Lady.
Daughter of President Michel Aoun. Wife of Minister Gebran Bassil