(AFP) – Mar 10, 2008
BEIRUT (AFP) — A parliamentary session to elect Lebanon's president has been postponed from Tuesday to March 25 amid continued deadlock between rival political leaders, the speaker's office announced on Monday.
"Parliament speaker Nabih Berri has decided to postpone the session to Tuesday, March 25 at noon (1000 GMT)," his spokesman Ali Hamdan told AFP.
The decision marks the 16th time since September that a parliament session to elect a successor to pro-Syrian head of state Emile Lahoud has failed amid a standoff between the Western-backed government and the Hezbollah-led opposition, backed by Syria and Iran.
Lebanon has been without a president since November, when Lahoud's term ended. The political crisis is the worst since the end of the country's 1975-1990 civil war.
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