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Lebanon’s Parliament failed on Wednesday to elect a President for a second time in a week raising fears the post will remain vacant amid tensions over neighbouring war-torn Syria. The Parliament failed to reach the quorum needed to vote for a successor to incumbent President Michel Sleiman, after the Damascus ally Hizbollah bloc refused to attend Wednesday’s session.

The Speaker has set May 7 as a new date, said the official National News Agency.

Deputies are faced with a choice between Samir Geagea, a fierce opponent of Hizbollah, and Michel Aoun. Mr. Sleiman’s term expires on May 25 and if the Parliament fails to elect his successor by then, the government will assume all executive powers, as was the case between 1988 and 2007. — AFP


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