Lebanese parliament to elect new president Sunday

May 22nd, 2008 - 6:15 pm ICT by admin  

Beirut, May 22 (DPA) Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri announced Thursday that the session to elect army commander Michel Suleiman as the next president would be held Sunday. Berri’s office said in a statement that the session would convene at 5 pm (1400 GMT).

The Doha accord which was brokered Wednesday between Lebanon’s rival leaders will see Suleiman elected as president, the formation of a unity government in which the opposition has veto power and a new electoral law for next year’s parliamentary election.

Parliament has failed to meet 19 times to elect a president due to differences between the opposition-led Hezbollah and the western-backed ruling majority led by Prime Minister Fouad Seniora.

Lebanon has been without a president since November 2007 after pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud’s term ended.

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