Lebanon postpones presidential election until June 24

Published June 3rd, 2015 - 10:10 GMT

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri postponed a presidential election vote Wednesday to June 24 due to lack of quorum.

Lawmakers have failed in 24 consecutive sessions to elect a successor to former President Michel Sleiman since his term ended May 25, 2014, amid a feud between the country's rival factions on a consensus candidate.

Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun’s parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah MPs and their March 8 allies, have thwarted a quorum since April 2014 by boycotting parliamentary sessions, demanding an agreement beforehand with their March 14 rivals over a consensus candidate.

The first election in May achieved quorum, but no candidate received enough votes.

The failure to pick a successor to Sleiman has plunged the country into a presidential impasse that has paralyzed parliament.


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