Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

In Memory of Jean-Karim Fall, 1958-2017

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Stars dig deep at AIDS gala dinner

Read more

Lebanese presidential election postponed

Latest update : 2008-02-14

The presidential election, initially scheduled for Nov. 12, will be delayed until Nov. 21. The paliamentary session to elect a president has already been postponed twice.

BEIRUT, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Lebanon's presidential election
has been postponed from Nov. 12 to Nov. 21, Parliament Speaker
Nabih Berri said in a statement on Saturday.


Political sources said the delay was to allow rival Lebanese
leaders more time to agree on a compromise candidate.


The parliamentary session to elect a president had already
been postponed twice. The term of pro-Syrian President Emile
Lahoud expires on Nov. 23.


Electing a president is regarded as vital to resolving a
year-old crisis in which the Western-backed government of Prime
Minister Fouad Siniora is at loggerheads with the pro-Syrian
Hezbollah opposition.


The impasse has pushed Lebanon into its worst political
crisis since the 1975-90 civil war and many Lebanese fear a
failure to reach a deal could lead to two rival governments and
bloodshed.
A French envoy had arrived in Beirut on Friday in a
last-ditch effort to help resolve the standoff.

Date created : 2007-11-15

COMMENT(S)