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Lebanon postpones presidential vote to Jan. 7

MPs attend the presidential election session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.

As in the previous 14 sessions, a lack of quorum due to a boycott by March 8 legislators forced the postponement of the election.

Quorum was met during the first legislative session to elect a president in April, but no candidate received enough votes to win.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Sleiman's six-year term ended.





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