The Lebanese parliament failed againWednesday and for the 44th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014.
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session, because they could not reportedly guarantee Aoun’s election as a president.
Amal Movement leader, Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to September 28.
Only 41 MPs attended the presidential election session.
A two-thirds majority, or 86 MPs, is required to convene the session.
Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh are the 2 main candidates for president.
Aoun is backed by Hezbollah and the LF, and Frangieh is mainly supported by the Future Movement, the Amal Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.
Lebanon’s political impasse took a turn for the worse this week after the FPM decided to boycott the national dialogue , which led Berri, who had been hosting the talks, to suspend the future dialogue sessions .
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