“Berri has called on the parliament to convene on Mondayugust 8 at 12:00 pm to elect a president,”

Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday scheduled a presidential election session for Monday, August 8.

, A“Berri has called on the parliament to convene on Mondayugust 8 at 12:00 pm to elect a president,” state-run National News Agency reported.

The speaker’s call comes after three days of national dialogue meetings which failed to achieve any progress regarding the stalled presidential elections. The conferees have instead focused their discussions on the issue of creating a Senate and implementing administrative decentralization, which both were stipulated by the 1989 Taef Accord.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament’s electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri, who is close to Saudi Arabia, launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country’s main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

Source al nahar news

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