Michel Aoun elected President of Lebanon
After 46 attempts stretching back to 23rd April 2014 the Lebanese parliament has finally elected a new President.
Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian of the centre-right Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) was elected in the fourth round with 83 votes in the 128 seat parliament. He will replace former President Michel Suleiman who stood down at the end of his term of office in May 2014. Aoun was worn in with immediate effect.
The constitution of Lebanon requires that the president should always be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.