Jumblatt backs lawmaker for Lebanon president

In Lebanon, the post of president must be filled by a Maronite Christian for a term of six years, according to the country's national charter.

Jumblatt backs lawmaker for Lebanon president

World Bulletin / News Desk

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said on Tuesday that he was supporting lawmaker Henri Helou for Lebanon's president.

"We are proud to present a candidate of dialogue, a candidate of consensus and openness," Jumblatt told a press conference.

Jumblatt said that his seven-member parliamentary bloc will vote for Helou during Wednesday's parliamentary session to elect a president.

Helou, for his part, said that he is open to all sides.

"A strong president is the one who brings together all Lebanese," he said.

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Wednesday to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose term will expire on May 25.

Samir Geagea, head of the Lebanese Forces Party, a prominent figure in Lebanon's anti-Damascus March 14 coalition, has announced his bid to run for the top post.

In Lebanon, the post of president must be filled by a Maronite Christian for a term of six years, according to the country's national charter.

The vote comes as the three-year conflict in next-door Syria continues to fuel sectarian tension in Lebanon, with ongoing military involvement in Syria by Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group drawing condemnation from some local Sunni groups.

Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2014, 09:22
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