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Salam: Failing to elect president will bring crisis

Prime Minister Tammam Salam, second right, speaks with Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil at the Grand Serail on Friday, May 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam warned Friday that Lebanon would plunge into crisis if lawmakers failed to elect a new president.

“When a president is elected, Lebanon will witness progress it hasn’t seen in years ... But if [we] fail to elect a new president, Lebanon will witness a new crisis,” Salam told a delegation of Lebanese ambassadors headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil.

“We stand before a difficult phase and a great challenge which is the presidential election ... but until now, there is no sign indicating that this election will be held in an easy way,” he added.

“I think that the various Lebanese political forces have a pressing interest in reaching a consensus on the presidential election,” he added.

Lebanon has entered its two-month constitutional deadline to elect a new president but none of the candidates have succeeded in garnering the needed majority in two Parliamentary electoral sessions.

Salam also expressed hope that the presidential election would be held without foreign interference.

“It was the government’s priority to design for itself a short-term roadmap given its nature, a transitional government that begins its work when it’s granted Parliament’s confidence and ends when a president is elected,” he said.





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