Arab League chief resumes mediation on Lebanese presidential deadlock

The head of the Arab League has resumed talks with feuding Lebanese factions in a fresh try to break the country's political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than five months. Thursday's visit by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa - two weeks after a similar trip by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch - highlights mounting Arab and international concern over Lebanon's failure to fill the top post. The sharply divided parliament has failed to elect Army commander Gen. Michel Suleiman as a consensus president because the US-backed parliamentary majority and the Syrian-backed opposition remain at loggerheads over power-sharing and the shape of the future Cabinet.