MP Strida Geagea casts her vote during Parliament session, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's Parliament failed Wednesday to elect a new president in the first round of voting with none of the candidates receiving the two-thirds majority needed to win.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea won 48 votes, with 52 blank ballots cast, 16 for MP Henry Helou from Walid Jumblatt's bloc, one vote for Kataeb head and former president Amin Gemayel, and 7 void ballots. Lebanese Forces MP Strida Geagea criticized the blank ballots, saying she had hoped that a name of a strong candidate would have been put forward instead.Gemayel received one vote during Wednesday's voting session.
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