LEBANON FAILS TO ELECT PRESIDENT

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BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament failed on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to elect a president, for a second time in a week, raising fears the post will remain vacant amid tensions over neighboring war-torn Syria. Damascus ally the Hezbollah bloc refused to attend Wednesday’s session, ensuring parliament was left without the quorum needed to vote for a successor to incumbent President Michel Sleiman. Parliament speaker “Nabih Berri has set … May 7 as a new date to hold a parliamentary session, given the lack of quorum on Wednesday,” the National News Agency reported. Deputies are faced with a choice between Samir Geagea, a fierce opponent of the Syrian government and its ally Hezbollah, and Michel Aoun, who is backed by the Lebanese Shiite movement.

AFP

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