Amine Gemayel

President of Lebanon (1982-1988)

Amine Gemayel is a Lebanese politician who served as President from 1982-1988. Until 2015 he was also the leader of the Kataeb party. He comes from a Maronite Christian family which has a long history of cultural and political importance in Lebanon. A consensus politician, Gemayel sought to create interfaith alliances during his time in office, and maintained order during a period of significant constitutional difficulty. After his Presidency, Gemayel joined the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University as fellow and lecturer. Gemayel obtained a law degree from the St. Joseph University in Beirut in 1965, and worked in law and the newspaper industry before entering politics.