Baabda presidential chair  awaits the new occupant of the palace
Baabda presidential chair awaits the new occupant of the palaceLebanon – presidenent

The Lebanese parliament failed today  and for the twelfth  time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25.

As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the  Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc  MPs boycotted the sessions.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the  session on the election of a president to October 9 after  the lack of quorum.


Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea  who was the first to announce his candidacy for the presidential office blasted the MPs of Hezbollah led March 8  alliance  over their failure to attend the session  .

“Four months without a president is unacceptable, ” he said during a press conference

H added: “The divide between the March 8 and March 14 camps is natural among political blocs and such divisions take place all over the world.”

He added: “We presented our candidacy , proposed a solution to the deadlock, and attended electoral sessions. What else was the March 14 camp supposed  to do?

“I am a candidate who is willing to accept the nomination of others.”

Aoun has not officially announced his candidacy, claiming there should be a consensus on him first.


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