Presidential Elections Adjourned Again

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed on Wednesday the presidential elections to next month following a lack of quorum at parliament, a sign that politicians were far from filling the prolonged vacuum in the country's top Christian post.

Berri postponed the session to September 2 after only 34 MPs from the March 14 alliance and his Development and Liberation bloc attended.

Baabda Palace has fallen victim to the political deadlock rooted in the rivalry of politicians on the presidential post.

There are several candidates but neither of them is willing to make compromises that would allow lawmakers to attend a session aimed at electing a head of state.

The presidential seat, which became vacant after the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May last year, has hindered the government's ability to tackle growing security, economic and social problems.



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