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Lebanon ultimately to reach presidential consensus: Minister

File - Health Minister Wael Abu Faour attends a ceremony in Baabda, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Lebanon would eventually reach a consensus to resolve the presidential stalemate.

“We will finally reach a consensus about a choice for the presidency that satisfies all parties,” Abu Faour said during a visit to the Lady of Salvation Diocese of Zahle.

Abu Faour called on the political forces to end the bickering over a presidential candidate and try to reach a breakthrough in the crisis.

“The political forces should focus efforts on ending ambiguity and the waste of time and open up to consensual presidential choices,” he said.

Abu Faour said that “void in the presidential void does not only affect Christians but all of the country and its national institutions.”

“That is why it is time for some honestly and for consensus.”

Lebanon is likely to plunge into presidential void next week after five successive failed attempts to elect a new head of state, with President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ending Sunday.





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