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
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
A French envoy had arrived in Beirut on Friday in a
last-ditch effort to help resolve the standoff.
Date created : 2007-11-15