Lebanon News

Berri calls for ninth session to elect president

Berri called the session for noon next Wednesday. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri Thursday called for a Parliament session next week to elect a new president, the ninth attempt in less than four months.

The session will be at noon Wednesday, the National News Agency reported.

Lawmakers have failed in eight attempts to elect a new head of state to replace former President Michel Sleiman whose six-year term ended on May 25.

While the March 14 coalition has attended the legislative sessions, March 8 lawmakers have boycotted Parliament, saying such sessions are futile unless rival parties agree on a consensus candidate beforehand.

March 14 lawmakers have backed ally Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's nomination to the presidency, while his rival, MP Michel Aoun, has been the March 8 coalition's undeclared candidate.

Berri's call comes as former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to propose an idea to break the political impasse Friday. The details of the proposal have so far been secret.





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