For the third time, the Lebanese parliament failed to elect a new president during a session held today, Thursday, led by parliament speaker Nabih Berri.
There were 119 deputies in the hall at 11 am, which means that the quorum necessary to start the electoral process has been ensured, which is determined by at least 86 deputies, bearing in mind that any presidential candidate who gets 65 votes becomes definitively by winning the elections , and thus becomes President of the Republic.
Subsequently, the papers were distributed to the participants and the result was the following: Michel Moawad: 42 votes, White paper: 55, New Lebanon: 17, Canceled paper: 4, and the birth of Bou Melhab: 1
– Arabic (@AlArabiya) October 20, 2022
Because of tale As a result, one of the proposed names received 65 votes. Here, it is assumed that a second round of elections will take place, but the session lost the quorum, which means that there were no 86 deputies left. in general room, which prompted Berri to schedule a second election session on Monday, October 24, 2022.
Brie is not optimistic
Nabih Berri stated in a press release that efforts to reach a consensual chairman are still on hold and that he intends to call for close sessions in the case in which the session of parliament fails today.
Berri stressed the need for the president to unite the Lebanese components while preserving the Taif agreement, which is a constitution for Lebanon, as he said.
Parliament had failed in a previous session for the second time in the election of a new president, to succeed the current president, Michel Aoun, whose term expires on October 31 due to lack of a quorum.
The absence of consensus on a candidate could leave the office of president vacant at the end of Aoun’s term, in one moment in which Lebanon is suffering from a severe financial crisis.
Often, a president is elected for Lebanon after the main blocs have agreed on the name of a candidate in a country whose domestic policy is based on compromises between different forces.
Aoun was elected president in 2016 after a vacant presidential term that lasted more than two years due to MPs’ failure to agree on a candidate.
In the first session in which quorum was reached, 66 MPs voted with a white paper, while Representative Michel Moawad, supported by Lebanese forces led by Samir Geagea and other blocs, including the bloc of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, received 36 votes.
Major blocs, including Hezbollah, the most important political and military force, oppose support for Mouawad’s candidacy.
Deep divisions between the main blocs raise fears of a presidential vacuum following the end of Aoun’s term on 31 October.
Not even the government
Due to the same divisions that prevent consensus on a president, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati’s efforts to form a government after the parliamentary elections that took place in mid-May have not been fruitful. in a country whose regime is based on quotas between political and sectarian components.
Since 2019, Lebanon has witnessed an economic collapse that the World Bank has ranked among the worst in the world, with which the local currency has lost about 95% of its value on the black market and over 80% of its value. population has fallen below the poverty line.
The international community is pressing for the election of a new president within constitutional deadlines to avoid the worsening of the crisis that requires the necessary reforms.
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