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Parliament elected Gen. Michel Aoun as president Monday in a session that displayed both the good and the farcical about Lebanese politics.By noon, enough MPs were in attendance to secure quorum; by the session's beginning all 127 current MPs had arrived. After counting the ballots, Berri announced that all 127 MPs had voted and began reading out the breakdown of the ballot.However, as the votes were counted under Berri's watchful eye, 128 ballots were counted from the 127 MPs.After MPs cast another vote, Aoun gained 83 votes, seven were declared spoiled, 36 blank ballots and one vote was cast for MP Strida Geagea.MPs Alain Aoun and Ibrahim Kanaan also helped Aoun as he tallied the votes.MP Okab Saqr's appearance prompted Berri to halt.With the correct number of ballots cast, Berri announced that Aoun was to be the new president.It was also notable that Aoun received 84 votes in the first round but only 83 in the second, indicating that and MP had changed their mind.
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