Lebanese presidential vote to be postponed to give time for compromise

October 21, 2007 00:15

Lebanon's presidential election scheduled for Tuesday will most likely be postponed to give room for the rival Lebanese factions to agree on a compromise, parliamentary deputies said late Saturday. Three parliamentarians from the two rival camps, all speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation and in the absence of a formal announcement, said the postponement aimed at allowing space for politicians and mediation initiatives to bear fruit. The parliament was set 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. Many politicians from the two rival camps, however, expressed doubts that a new president could be elected by then in the absence of an agreement on a consensus candidate by the deadlocked pro-government and opposition factions.

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