Lebanese lawmakers to attempt again to elect a president

Lebanon's parliament on Tuesday was making another attempt to convene lawmakers from the country's divided factions to elect a president amid a deep political crisis that has left the post vacant for five months. Eighty-five parliament members have to be present for the voting to start. Lawmakers from the pro-Western government coalition, which holds only a slim majority, were expected to attend the Tuesday session while members of the Syria-backed, Hezbollah-led opposition were likely to stay away from the chamber.