Situation in Arsal should not be used as a pretext to delay general elections, Aoun says. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Alain Aoun: Parliamentary elections could solve impasseHolding parliamentary elections on time, even if that means their taking place before presidential polls, would break Lebanon's political deadlock, according to MP Alain Aoun. By determining which Christian group enjoyed the strongest representation in the country, he said it would become clear who was eligible to have a strong say over who should be Lebanon's new president, hopefully bringing to an end a nearly four-month power vacuum in one of the country's top posts.The Future Movement opposes the idea of holding parliamentary elections before a president has been elected, arguing that this could lead to total power vacuum.Above all, Aoun emphasized that the fragile security situation in Lebanon was not a valid excuse to delay parliamentary elections.Aoun said an agreement on a president who truly represented Christians was another way to ensure that Christians would be properly represented by the final choice. For Aoun, the need to have such a president was not about placing Michel Aoun in the post, but rather was a necessary condition that should be fulfilled whoever the president was.
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