Lebanon's parliament speaker delays session for 17th time

Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri postponed Monday the country's presidential election from March 25 to April 22 for the 17th time.

Lebanon's parliament speaker delays session for 17th time

Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri postponed Monday the country's presidential election from March 25 to April 22 for the 17th time, after rival parties failed to reached a compromise.

"Parliament speaker Nabih Berri has decided to postpone the session to April 22 at noon (0900 GMT)," his spokesman Ali Hamdan said.

The latest postponement means that Lebanon will not be represented at the Arab summit from March 29 to 30 in Damascus by a president.

Arab divisions over Lebanon have already undermined the meeting and Saudi Arabia announced earlier Monday that it would send a low- level delegation to the annual summit.

Lebanon's Information Minister Ghazi Aridi feared that failure to elect a president before the summit means "that Lebanon will witness possible security breaches when the summit is over."

"We expect the political tension to increase after the summit and that the killers will be back on the street assassinating new leaders," Aridi said.

Lebanon has been hit by deadly assassinations since 2005.

The Lebanese parliament which has 128 elected representatives meets to elect the president of the republic.

Lebanon's cabinet is expected to meet in the coming two days to decide on participation in the Arab summit.

Agencies

Last Mod: 25 Mart 2008, 15:52
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