File - Members of the Hilf, Eddeh, Chamoun and Gemayel and their political allies. (Camille Chamoun Facebook Page)
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History seems to be repeating itself with regard to the presidential election stalemate more than four decades ago.It further warned that both Chamoun and Chehab risked "Lebanon's stability in their bids for the presidency," and noted "a confessional atmosphere" that prevailed in the country as a result of deep national divisions over the armed Palestinian presence in Lebanon.Political analysts say a new president elected with a majority vote by lawmakers from both the March 8 and March 14 parties would be better suited and more qualified than other presidential candidates to sponsor national reconciliation among the various political factions and boost the national unity that the country badly needs in order to meet internal and external challenges.Nevertheless, the forthcoming parliamentary sessions to elect a new president will reveal which direction the political winds will blow, as well as whether Lebanon will have a president elected as a result of inter-Lebanese consensus, or a challenging president with all the dire consequences this would entail for the country's fragile stability and precarious unity.
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