Lebanon’s parliament elects army chief as president

May 25th, 2008 - 10:48 pm ICT by admin  

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Beirut, May 25 (DPA) Lebanon’s parliament Sunday elected army chief General Michel Suleiman as the country’s 12th president, filling a post left vacant for six months by a political crisis that had threatened a new civil war. “Suleilman garnered 118 votes and I declare him president of Lebanon,” Speaker Nabih Berri announced after the voting.

A Qatari-brokered deal last week between rival Lebanese leaders defused 18 months of political stalemate that erupted into fighting this month. Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters briefly seized parts of Beirut, routing government loyalists.

The vote had been postponed 19 times because of the crisis.
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