Lebanon’s Parliament Fails to Elect a President for Fourth and Final Time

A total of 50 lawmakers in Lebanon’s 128-seat parliament left their votes blank, many from the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies. (AP)

Lebanon’s parliament has failed to elect a president for the fourth and final time. It means Michel Aoun’s term ended on October 31 with a presidential vacuum.

A two-thirds majority vote would be needed to choose a successor, and a unanimous vote to install them.

Pierre Houssney with Horizons International says, “It’s really something we’ve become accustomed to, operating the country without a government. And really, when the government is operating and functioning, its main function is just to steal resources from the taxpayers. It’s kind of a strange status quo, having governments come and governments go, not have a president for 18 months.”

“And then there is lots of bargaining before they finally agree on somebody, and then not much changes even when there is a president.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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