Saniora criticizes opposition on presidential election delay

Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Wednesday indirectly criticized the country's Hezbollah-led opposition and accused it of delaying a presidential election by setting new conditions. "We should work and push toward carrying out the presidential elections as soon as possible and not shackle the (presidential vote) with obstacles and conditions," Saniora said. "I am confident we are on the verge and at the beginning of a solution." Saniora's accusations come two days before parliament was to elect a new head of state to replace pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who left office November 23 without a successor, after rival politicians failed to agree on a compromise president.