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Friday, April 5, 2013

Tammam Salam Appears to Clinch Lebanese Premiership

As had seemed likely yesterday, Tammam Salam has apparently won a broad enough range of endorsements to assure his selection as Lebanon's new Prime Minister, winning consensus support from both the March 8 and March 14 sides of the political spectrum.

So this Lebanese political crisis proved to be rather short-lived (at least until he tries to form a government).

And, since I often give you an old picture for nostalgia before the weekend, this one might seem appropriate: Lebanese Prime Minister Saeb Salam (Tammam Salam's father) with Gamal Abdel Nasser in Damascus (then part of the United Arab Republic) in 1959:


David Mack said...

You have to love the continuity in Lebanon's political families. On behalf of Reagan's special emissary for Lebanon, Phil Habib, I called on Saeb Salam when he was out of power in May 1983. A futile effort to get his support for the Lebanese-Israeli agreement Phil had negotiated. On the other hand, it always pays over the long term to maintain contacts with former Lebanese leaders. One day their sons (or grandsons in the case of several of them) return the family name to power.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

And Saeb's father, Tammam's grandfather, was prominent in Ottoman and Mandate times. Jumblatts have been around for centuries. There are still Karamis, Frangiehs, and Gemayels in the picture.