Lebanon: Parliament met on Thursday to elect a new president

Lebanon: Parliament met on Thursday to elect a new president

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri convened a parliamentary session on Thursday to elect a new president, an official source told Reuters on Tuesday, although there was no political consensus on a candidate.

This meeting, which will take place just over a month before the end of current President Michel Aoun’s only mandate on October 31, will take place at 11:00 (08:00 GMT), the agency ANA (Agency for National Information) reported ).

The votes of two-thirds of the 128 MPs are required to pass the first ballot, after that a simple majority is sufficient.

Michel Aoun came to power in 2016 after a 29-month vacancy as head of state during which parliament failed to agree on a presidential election.

The standoff ended with a series of deals that secured victory for Michel Aoun and his powerful ally, Iran-backed Hezbollah.

(Report Timour Azhari; French version Kate Entringer, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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