Lebanese parliament speaker postpones session to elect president

October 22, 2007 20:53

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday postponed a parliamentary session to elect a new president until Nov. 12 to give rival factions time to agree on a compromise candidate, a statement said. The 128-member parliament, dominated by anti-Syrian legislators, was scheduled to meet Tuesday to try again to choose a successor to pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who steps down Nov. 24, after an opposition boycott prevented an election during the Sept. 25 session. "In order to allow more consultations (aimed at) reaching a consensus on the election of a president who will constitute a symbol of the country's unity and immunity, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has decided to postpone the session, scheduled for tomorrow, until Monday Nov. 12," said the statement issued by the parliament's secretariat general.

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