Sixth attempt to elect President fails
Today the Lebanese Parliament failed in its sixth attempt to elect a President. Previous attempts have failed either because of a lack of majority or because of a split in the vote.
Most previous attempts have all failed because the parliament was unable to gather together enough members for the required quorum of two thirds of the 128 members (86 votes). The number of members present on this occasion is recorded by the Daily Star as having been 64 members, less than the 70 attending previous sessions. The March 14 coalition was present but the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah continued to boycott the sessions.
Former President Michel Sleiman’s term of office ran out on 25th May 2014.
Speaker Nabih Berri has moved the seventh attempt to elect a President to 18th June.