Brazil officially has a Lebanese president and Lebanon still doesn’t

Published September 1st, 2016 - 10:04 GMT
Btaaboura, Lebanon has a street named after Brazilian president Michel Temer (AFP/Joseph Eid)
Btaaboura, Lebanon has a street named after Brazilian president Michel Temer (AFP/Joseph Eid)

Michel Temer officially became Brazil’s president Wednesday after parliament voted to impeach his predecessor Dilma Rousseff in a corruption row. Temer had been serving as acting president since May, when the investigation of Rousseff began.

When Temer-who is of Lebanese descent-became acting president, many in Lebanon such as stepfeed quipped that Brazil had a Lebanese president but Lebanon didn’t. But Temer was only acting president then.

Lebanon has been without a president since 2014, and prime minister Tammam Salam has been acting president since then.

However, with Temer now officially president, it’s now officially true that Brazil has an officially Lebanese president and Lebanon officially does not.

Naturally, some social media users are making this joke again.

Temer, of the big tent Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, is Brazil’s 37th president.

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