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Feltman rules out a repeat of 2008 Lebanon election

  • File - U.S. official Jeffrey Feltman speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. (The Daily Star)

BEIRIUT: While expressing fears over the presidential void in Lebanon, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman ruled out yet another prolonged election period.

“I am worried and we are all worried over the ongoing presidential vacuum,” Feltman said in remarks published Thursday by the local daily An-Nahar.

Feltman, however, said that did not mean that Lebanon would experience a delay similar to that of 2008 when former President Michel Sleiman was elected six months after his predecessor Emile Lahoud’s term expired.

“First, I think everybody in Lebanon learned a lesson from May 2008; and second, everybody is aware the extent of the danger if an attempt were made to forcefully impose a decision on Lebanon today,” he added.

The presidential crisis in 2008 ended only after clashes erupted in Beirut.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, the end of Sleiman's term. Parliament has failed seven times to elect a successor, with the last six attempted voting sessions failing to convene due to lack of quorum. Speaker Nabih Berri has called for another electoral session on July 2.

 
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