Lebanese presidential elections postponed
Lebanese lawmakers botched a tenth attempt Tuesday to elect a new president, reflecting lack of agreement on a consensus candidate for the head the state.
Lack of quorum, as in all previous sessions, prompted Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the voting session to September 2.
A statement read out by Berri’s spokesman Mohammad Ballout said the speaker postponed the session until noon on Sept. 2 “over lack of quorum.”
It was the same scenario as the previous sessions at Parliament, only this time a fewer number of MPs appeared for the vote.
Nearly 30 minutes after the voting session was scheduled to begin, there were only 57 MPs present in Parliament. And just as before, Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam did not show up for the session.