Iranian envoy : Lebanese can end presidential impasse without foreign intervention


Mohammad Fathali iran envoyThe Lebanese politicians can end the presidential impasse without any foreign intervention, Iran’s ambassador Mohammad Fathali said on Monday after meeting with former Lebanese president and current Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel

“Iran in principled is against all intervention in Lebanese internal affairs, especially that Lebanon is able, through its political elite, parties and movements, to deal with its internal challenges independently ,” Fathali said following his meeting at Gemayel’s residence in Bekfaya.

The Lebanese parliament failed on Dec 10 and and for the 16th 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 MPs of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and and its ally Michel Aoun boycotted the sessions.

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed toto Jan. 7 , 2015 Lebanon’s presidential election.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea remains the official presidential candidate for March 14, while Aoun remains the March 8 candidate .

Gemayel’s name has also been mentioned as a consensus alternative.