Siniora, Fouad

Siniora, Fouad fo͞oäd´ sĭnyôr´ä [key], 1943–, Lebanese business and political leader, prime minister of Lebanon, (2005–9), b. Sidon. He pursued a career in banking and finance, holding positions at the Central Bank of Lebanon (1977–82) and later running the financial interests of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri . Siniora also served as finance minister under Hariri, and called for an international tribunal to investigate Hariri's assassination (2005). In 2005 legislative elections, he led an anti-Syrian, pro-Western coalition, and subsequently became prime minister. Sectarian divisions plagued his broad-based unity government, which attempted to continue Lebanon's recovery from its late 20th cent. civil war.

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