President Michel Sleiman arrives to attend a Cabinet session at Baabda Palace, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As Lebanon entered the two-month constitutional period in which it must elect a new president, Beirut-based Western ambassadors said their countries would not interfere in the upcoming presidential election, preferring to leave details of the issue to Lebanese players, political sources said.With less than two months left for Parliament to elect a new president to succeed President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year-term in office expires on May 25, political escalation is going side-by-side with a deteriorating security situation, in accordance with the rules of the known political game in Lebanon, the source said.Important developments are expected this week, starting with a new round of National Dialogue talks among the rival political leaders, which Sleiman called for at Baabda Palace Monday morning. The declaration, which called on rival parties to distance Lebanon from regional and international conflicts, particularly the war in Syria, was endorsed by the rival March 8 and March 14 leaders during a National Dialogue session chaired by Sleiman at Baabda Palace in June 2012 .
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