Mechanism of the presidential election

File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Parliament will convene Wednesday in a session meant to elect Lebanon’s 13th head of state. The president is elected by secret ballot for a six-year term.

According to the Constitution, when Speaker Nabih Berri calls for a Parliament session to elect a president, a two-thirds quorum is required for the session to convene. In the first round of polls, a candidate needs to garner the votes of at least two-thirds of Parliament to win. If none of the hopefuls can secure that margin in the first round, the requirement drops to an absolute majority. If Parliament fails to elect a new president in the last 10 days before incumbent President Michel Sleiman’s term expires on May 25, Parliament will go into a permanent session to elect a successor.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 23, 2014, on page 2.




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