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Lebanon to hold presidential election on Sunday
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19:43, May 22, 2008

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Lebanese parliament will convene on Sunday to elect a new president for the country, local NBN TV reported on Thursday.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri set Sunday May 25 at 5 p.m.(1400 GMT) a time for a election session, said the report.

This announcement came one day after Lebanese rival leaders reached an accord in Doha talks on resolving the current political crisis.

They agreed to elect Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman as a new president in the upcoming 24 hours, form a government based on a 16-11-3 formula (16 for the majority, 11 for the opposition and 3 to be chosen by the president) and adopting 1960 electoral law.

Meanwhile, local Ad Diyar daily reported Thursday that there will be exceptional attendance in the election session, adding that Qatar prince and its foreign minister along with the members of the Arab ministerial committee are expected to attend.

The accord signed in Qatar with Arab mediators ended the 18 month-old political deadlock in the country.

Lebanon is facing the most complicated political crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Lebanese political rival groups were unable to achieve a breakthrough to elect a new president for the country since Nov. 24 last year when ex-president Emile Lahoud ended his term.

Source: Xinhua



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