He – along with Rafiq Al-Hariri – led Lebanon out of civil war. He was the country’s head of state from 1989 to 1998, before Lahoud took over.
His predecesor, Rene Mouwad, was in power for just two weeks before he was assasinated. It couldn’t have looked good for Hrawi. But he stayed in the Ba’abda Palace for nine years, to become Lebanon’s longest serving president.
It was Hrawi who authorised Syrian military action to drive rival sel-proclaimed President Michel Aoun out of Beirut, ending the civil war.