Le­banese par­lia­ment elects new pres­i­dent

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Le­banon’s par­lia­ment has elected Michel Aoun, an 81-year-old for­mer army com­man­der and strong ally of the mil­i­tant group Hezbol­lah, as the coun­try’s pres­i­dent, end­ing a more than two-year vac­uum in the top post and a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis that brought state in­sti­tu­tions per­ilously close to col­lapse. Aoun se­cured a sim­ple ma­jor­ity of votes in the house after a chaotic ses­sion that saw sev­eral rounds of vot­ing be­cause ex­tra bal­lots ap­peared in the bal­lot box each time. He gar­nered 83 votes out of 127 law­mak­ers present at the ses­sion. He also failed to get elected by a two thirds ma­jor­ity in the first round, as had been widely ex­pected. Mem­bers of par­lia­ment broke out in ap­plause after Aoun fi­nally was de­clared pres­i­dent by Par­lia­ment Speaker Nabih Berri. His sup­port­ers across the coun­try erupted in cheers as they watched the pro­ceed­ings on huge screens set up in the streets. Brief cel­e­bra­tory gun­fire could also be heard in the cap­i­tal. Aoun’s elec­tion is seen by many as a clear vic­tory for the pro-Ira­nian axis in the Mid­dle East, giv­ing a boost to Hezbol­lah and the Shia Le­banese group’s ally, Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad.

ELECTED: Michel Aoun

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