Élias Sarkis

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Élias Sarkis
إلياس سركيس

6th President of Lebanon
In office
23 September 1976 – 22 September 1982
Prime Minister
Preceded bySuleiman Frangieh
Succeeded byBachir Gemayel (elected)
Amine Gemayel
Personal details
Élias Youssef Sarkis

(1924-07-20)20 July 1924
Chebanieh, Lebanon
Died27 June 1985(1985-06-27) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Resting placeChebanieh
Political partyChehabist
Alma materSaint Joseph University

Élias Youssef Sarkis (20 July 1924 – 27 June 1985) (Arabic: إلياس سركيس) was the president of the Lebanese Republic from September 23, 1976 to September 22, 1982.

Sarkis graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1948. He was appointed Director of Judges at the Presidential Palace in 1958 by the orders of President Fouad Chehab. In 1968 he was appointed director of the Central Bank of Lebanon.

Elias Sarkis ran for the presidential elections in 1970, but lost by one vote. With the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war, he won the Lebanese presidential elections on May 8, 1976.

Sarkis died in 1985 at the age of 61 in Switzerland.

Political offices
Preceded by
Suleiman Frangieh
President of Lebanon
Succeeded by
Bachir Gemayel