BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam called for a “made in Lebanon” president and assured his government will work to create the "right atmosphere" to hold the presidential election.
“I hope the next president will be purely Lebanese-made as was the national interest Cabinet,” Salam said in an interview to General Security magazine set to be published Saturday.
“All regional and international forces that affect Lebanese affairs support electing a new president,” he said.
Salam also said holding the election would create political stability in the country.
“The government will do everything possible to hold the presidential election on time," he said. “We are looking forward to this constitutional deadline and we do not want any vacuum in the presidency."
President Michel Sleiman’s six-year term ends on May 25. The two-month constitutional deadline for Parliament to convene and elect a new president started last week.