The identity of the next president remains unknown. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's presidential deadlock breaks a record Tuesday, surpassing the length of the two similar crises that have plagued the country since independence.With its 409th day, the current presidential deadlock exceeds the 408-day interregnum which occurred at the end of President Amine Gemayel's term in September 1988 . The presidency fell vacant on May 25 of last year, with Parliament unable to elect a successor to Michel Sleiman.The last time Lebanon entered presidential crisis was in 2007, with a six-month deadlock beginning at midnight on Nov. 24 when President Emile Lahoud left Baabda Palace without a successor.Under the agreement, Sleiman was made president, and a national unity government was formed which granted the March 8 group veto power.With Parliament unable to elect a successor, Gemayel replaced Sunni Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss with Aoun, then the Maronite Army commander, and tasked him with heading a transitional military government to hold presidential polls.
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