Lebanon presidential election failed again for 43rd time; postponed to September 7

Once again, Lebanese parliament failed to reach the quorum to elect a president, more than two years into the country’s worst power vacuum.

Like the 42 preceding presidential election sessions, Speaker Nabih Berri was forced to postpone Monday’s session due to a lack of quorum when just 20 MPs of the 128-member legislature showed up.

Two-thirds majority (86 MPs) is required to convene the session.

Amal Movement leader, Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the election to September 7, 2016.

“According to the Lebanese constitution the deputies are obliged to attend the election sessions at the parliament. Deputies have no right to absent themselves,” head of Future parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Siniora stressed from the parliament.

Three days of national talks with participation of all the political parties last week did not lead to reach a consensus to elect a new head of state yet.

With the end of Michel Sleiman’s tenure in 2014, the Lebanese parliament has not decided on the next president.


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