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UN urges Lebanon to choose president

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Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers. The 15-member council “expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the office of the presidency with a view to preserving the stability and the unity of Lebanon,” said Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan, whose country chairs the council.

The top UN body requested that parliament move “without delay” to a vote and said Lebanon’s politicians must show the “flexibility and sense of urgency” needed to agree on a successor to Michel Sleiman.

The Australian ambassador emphasized that Lebanon was facing a growing threat from Syria while struggling to cope with a massive refugee influx. Some 30 percent of Lebanon’s population are refugees, said Quinlan. SAPA


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