As the Lebanese Parliament continues postponing the vote to elect a new president, army chief Michel Sleiman has emerged as the likely candidate for the presidency.
Once again, the Lebanese parliament has postponed a presidential vote, this time until Dec. 7.
The Western-backed governing coalition and the pro-Syrian opposition have long been at odds about finding a successor for Emile Lahoud, the pro-Syrian president whose term ended Nov. 23.
The divide between the two camps has been so acrimonious in recent times that analysts have repeatedly warned that Lebanon could plunge into a civil war, the sort that ripped the very fabric of the multi-confessional Mediterranean nation between 1975 and 1990.
But there are growing signs that politicians across the pro-and anti-Syrian divide could settle on a consensus candidate for the presidency. Army chief Michel Sleiman has emerged as the likely candidate for the presidency.
Approved by Damascus, yet not quite under Syrian control
Earning brownie points at Nahr al-Bared
Gen. Sleiman’s popularity also grew after the drawn-out battle at Nahr al-Bared, the Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon where the Lebanese army was locked in over four months of heavy fighting with Islamist militants.
A delicate balancing act
Date created : 2007-12-01