World Bulletin / News Desk
Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri has called for a general assembly on April 23 to elect Lebanon's 13th president, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday.
Samir Geagea, head of the Lebanese Forces Party, a prominent figure in Lebanon's anti-Damascus March 14 coalition, remains the only candidate to have been officially nominated for the poll, in which MPs will elect a successor to incumbent president Michal Suleiman.
Suleiman's presidential term will expire on May 25.
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: 16 Nisan 2014, 17:53