Lebanon postpones presidential poll

07 December 2007
Lebanon’s feuding politicians have postponed the latest attempt to elect a new president until Tuesday 11 December, but they have agreed in principle to give the post to army chief Michel Suleiman.

Members of the March 14 bloc of anti-Syrian political parties will meet opposition politicians in Hezbollah and the Change and Reform bloc at 12pm on 11 December in an attempt to overcome the remaining obstacles to Suleiman’s election.
Parliament needs to change the Lebanese constitution to elect Suleiman.
The opposition parties have been delaying Suleiman’s election in a bid to prevent the government from passing the constitutional amendment, says Arafat Hijazi, media adviser for parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri.
“The main obstacle remains that any amendment has to pass through the government. That is what experts say, and our position has not changed: the opposition will not accept any amendment that passes through this government,” he said.

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