Report: U.S. might sanction Berri, 18 other officials over presidential void

Nineteen Lebanese officials, including Speaker Nabih Berri, might be sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department if a president is not elected this month, Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported Thursday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf had reportedly warned Wednesday that her country might impose sanctions on Lebanese officials if they continue to obstruct the election of a new president.

Berri on Thursday reiterated that he will not call for a presidential election session in the absence of “at least two serious nominations,” although the opposition and the FPM had confirmed an agreement on the presidential nomination of former minister of Finance Jihad Azour.

Source: Naharnet

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