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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

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