Lebanese parliament fails to elect president for seventh time

None of the candidates in the Lebanese presidential elections was able to get the required number of votes. Voting for the head of state was held for the seventh time.

“None of the presidential candidates was able to secure the support of 65 of the 128 members of parliament necessary to win. The largest number of votes was collected by the candidate from the opposition factions Michel Muawwad – 42, 6 deputies voted for the independent candidate Issam Khalifa, ”said the speaker of the Lebanese parliament Nabih Berri (quoted by TASS). According to Mr. Berry, 50 deputies handed in blank ballots.

In Lebanon, the president is elected by members of parliament by voting. Elections were held from 27 September. The next vote will take place on December 1st.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s term ended on 31 October. He served as head of state for six years. After leaving office, according to the Lebanese constitution, the functions of the head of state are temporarily performed by the transitional government headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

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Polina Sobakina

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