Berri: Local, Regional Conditions are Promising for Parties to Agree on Presidential Candidateإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on Monday that parliament will always be ready to hold the presidential elections should an agreement be reached on a compromise candidate, reported the National News Agency.
“The local and regional conditions may lead to promising signals that may encourage parties to agree on a new president,” said Berri according to his visitor, head of Maronite General Council Wadih el-Khazen.
He added that the speaker went ahead with the extension of parliament's term last week because such a development will pave the way eventually to consensus over the presidential elections.
Parliament voted last week to extend its term until 2017 following its failure to stage the parliamentary elections over security fears and a disagreement over an electoral law.
Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May.
Disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the polls.