Lebanese presidential vote likely to be postponed again

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December 17, 2007 11:15

 
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A fresh attempt by the sharply divided parliament to elect a Lebanese president was likely to be postponed for the ninth time Monday amid a political impasse that continues to hold up the army chief's election for the post. Army commander Gen. Michel Suleiman has won backing for the presidential post from both the anti-Syrian parliament majority and the opposition, which is led by the militant Hizbullah group. Parliament though must first pass a constitutional amendment that allows the head of the army to become president. But the amendment, as well as sharp political differences between the two camps, have been at the center of the latest political fight gripping Lebanon.

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