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EU urges Lebanon to elect president without delay

EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst gives a speech during a reception at her residence in Yarze, Friday, May 9, 2014. (The Daily Star, HO)

BEIRUT: The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Sunday regretted the failure of Parliament to elect a new President and urged the legislative power to elect a new one “without further delay.”

“The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon regrets that the parliamentary consultations failed to elect a President as the term of Michel Sleiman expired on 25 May 2014,” a statement by the delegation distributed to the media said. “The Delegation calls on all political representatives to ensure that a new President is elected without further delay.”

The statement reminded that the EU has repeatedly stressed the need for Lebanon to meet its constitutional deadlines in electing its highest representatives and ensure that the national institutions can continue to fulfill their mandate effectively.

“This is particularly important given the multiple challenges which the country is facing today, not least in terms of maintaining security, enhancing economic and social development, as well as providing adequate protection and assistance to the many refugees,” the statement continued.

The EU Delegation statement also reiterated the European Union's “commitment to a deep and strong partnership with Lebanon, to help the country move forward in these challenging times."

 

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