The Job: Rebuild a Country

President-elect Gemayel discusses Lebanon's problems

During eight years of bitter sectarian strife in Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel, 34, gained a reputation as an iron-willed warlord of his country's Christian militia forces as he fought both Muslim and rival Christian groups. But now Gemayel, who will take office as President on Sept. 23, is talking like the national leader of Christian and Muslim alike. Last week Lebanon's President-to-be, lounging in blue slacks and an open-necked shirt in his 400-year-old ancestral home in Bikfaya, talked with TIME Rome Bureau Chief Wilton Wynn about Lebanon's problems. Highlights from the interview:

On making peace with Israel. We...

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