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Lebanese parliament fails to elect new president

29 Sep 2022, 22:55 GMT+10

BEIRUT, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese parliament on Thursday failed to elect a new president for Lebanon to replace incumbent President Michel Aoun when his term ends on Oct. 31.

The first round of voting was attended by 122 parliament members, with 36 votes for Michel Mouawad, 11 for Salim Edde, 63 blank votes, and 12 uncounted votes.

A second round didn't take place because the session lost the quorum.

Parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said he would call for another session once a consensus is reached on a presidential candidate.

Lebanon has been suffering from an unprecedented financial crisis, and the election of a new president provides an opportunity to adjust the country's situation for the next six years and set the country on the path to recovery.

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