President Michel Sleiman, center, meets with German’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen along with a German and Lebanese delegations at Baabda Palace on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra,HO)
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Lebanon's presidential elections are unlikely to take place on time, according to a senior political source, as President Michel Sleiman's term enters its last month Friday.Rai, who visited the speaker ahead of a trip to Rome, thanked Berri for convening the first round to elect a president Wednesday.MP Henri Helou, who was nominated by Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, won 16 votes and Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel received one vote, with 52 blank votes cast by most of the March 8 MPs.Rai said he hoped the quorum for next week's session would be secured.Berri's visitors quoted him as saying that Rai's call for a consensus president would help in holding presidential elections.Berri said that Wednesday's session had shown the strength of each candidate and proved that neither Helou nor Geagea could achieve a breakthrough.
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