lebanon politics

Lebanon’s Aoun Elected President, Ending 29-Month Vacuum

BEIRUT, Oct 31 – The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal that is expected to make Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister. Aoun, who is in his 80s, secured the presidency by winning the support of 83

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Lebanon Finally Ready to Elect a President

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Oct 31 – Twenty-six years after being forced from Lebanon’s presidential palace and into exile by the Syrian army, Michel Aoun is set to be elected head of state on Monday, backed by many of his old enemies. The elections will finally see Lebanon elect a president after nearly

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Lebanon Dialogue Suspended as Christian Party Pulls Out

BEIRUT, Sept 6 – The speaker of the Lebanese parliament on Monday suspended a national dialogue of rival politicians after one of the main Christian parties walked out, deepening the country’s political crisis. Speaker Nabih Berri took the decision after the withdrawal of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) which criticised the dialogue as pointless and condemned

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Cash Crunch at Saudi Firm Casts Shadow Over Lebanon’s Hariris

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 6 – The Hariri family’s pre-eminent role in Lebanese politics is being shaken by a financial crisis at its Saudi construction firm, a development that could dilute Sunni influence in the country and leave Iran’s allies even more firmly in control. The troubles at Saudi Oger have led to a cash

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