Lebanon sets September 25 for presidential vote

Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri has set September 25 as the date for MPs to elect a new president for the country mired in political crisis, according to a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

Lebanon sets September 25 for presidential vote

Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri has set September 25 as the date for MPs to elect a new president for the country mired in political crisis, according to a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

"I will call on September 25 for a session of parliament to elect the president, provided we have a two-thirds majority quorum," or at least 86 members present in the 128-seat parliament, he told An-Nahar newspaper.

President Emile Lahoud's mandate was extended for three years in September 2004 under a constitutional amendment passed with the support of Syria, which at the time was the key power-broker in Lebanon.

Berri, who himself heads the pro-Syrian Amal party, has since refused to convene parliament on the grounds that the rump Siniora government was no longer legitimate.

Only one candidate, Christian former general Michel Aoun, who has sided with the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, has so far come forward to run for president.

Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2007, 19:22
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