Lebanon sets April 23 for presidential poll

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.

Lebanon sets April 23 for presidential poll

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
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