PSP leader Walid Jumblatt speaks to journalists at his home in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Will Lebanon's presidential election crisis eventually be internationalized as the only way to end the 9-month-old vacuum in the country's top Christian post?According to the Western sources, a new development has emerged in the presidential issue: an international call to elect a president before June.However, Lebanese political circles asked whether international powers, which do not stop calling on Lebanese leaders to quickly elect a president, have enough time to follow the Lebanese crisis in light of fast-moving regional developments and their preoccupation with drawing up plans to settle the explosive situation in other Middle East countries.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has conveyed to the Lebanese officials he has met since his return from a visit to the Vatican a serious papal concern over the presidential vacuum and the fate of the presidency and the country's pluralistic setup, political sources said.
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