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Friday, 11 March 2016 14:22

Deal to elect Lebanon president almost ready: Speaker

Deal to elect Lebanon president almost ready: Speaker
Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has suggested that a deal to elect a new president and end the political deadlock in the Arab country is almost ready.

According to the reports, Berri said in an interview with Lebanon’s An-nahar daily on Friday that the presidency had “truly ripened” and it was time to “pick it.”

This came a day after former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri voiced optimism that the country’s head of state would be elected on March 23 or at next parliament session in April.

Hariri also said he is ready to keep domestic dialogue with the Hezbollah resistance movement after the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council designated the group as a terrorist organization. He added that he would continue talks with Hezbollah to “avoid sedition” in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been struggling to form a government for nearly two years. Lawmakers from a number of different political parties have prevented the election by boycotting parliamentary sessions.

The power vacuum, which has left the cabinet and parliament paralyzed, is considered the longest since 1990, which marked the end of Lebanon’s civil war.

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