Arab League chief calls for quick election of Lebanese president

May 2, 2008 13:48

The head of the Arab League is urging Lebanese lawmakers to quickly elect a new president. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa says such a step would meet the Syrian-backed opposition's demand for the formation of a national unity government. Moussa spoke at an Arab economic forum Friday in Beirut, a day after holding talks with top leaders from the Western-backed parliamentary majority and the opposition led by the militant Hezbollah group. Lebanon has been without a president since pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud's term ended in November.

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