29 September 2022

Lebanese Parliament Fails to Elect New President for Lebanon

  • QATAR

Beirut, September 29 (QNA) -The Lebanese Parliament failed today to elect a new president for the country in the session designated for that, as none of the candidates managed to win a two-thirds majority in the first round of the total votes of parliament members stipulated by the constitution.

A second session was not held in the parliament session due to the lack of a quorum required for the presence of 86 deputies, or two-thirds of the members of the parliament.

The first session was attended by 122 out of 128 deputies who are members of Parliament. Representative Hadi Abul-Hassan, a member of the Democratic Gathering bloc, stressed in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) the necessity of electing a president within the constitutional deadline.

On the fears of a presidential vacuum in Lebanon, Representative Abul-Hassan expressed his hope that the vacuum stage would not be reached, calling on all parties to assume their responsibilities in electing a new president, especially in the shadow of the difficult circumstances that Lebanon is going through.

Article 73 of the Lebanese Constitution states that at least one month before the end of the term of the President of the Republic, or two months at most, the House of Representatives shall meet at the invitation of its Speaker to elect the new President. the expiration of the term of the President.

If the Parliament is not called for this purpose, it shall meet by default on the tenth day preceding the expiry of the term of office of the President.

According to the constitution, the President of the Republic is elected by secret ballot by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives in the first session, and an absolute majority is sufficient in the voting cycles that follow.

General Michel Aoun was elected President of Lebanon in 2016, ending a presidential vacuum that lasted for nearly two and a half years. His term of office ends on October 31, and the term of the President of the Republic in Lebanon is set for six years.

(QNA)



Keywords

General, Arab Affairs, Arab Countries, Lebanon
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