UNITED NATIONS, – The UN Security Council, on Friday, called on Lebanese leaders to convene urgently, a parliamentary session and proceed to the election of a president.
On July 13, the Lebanese parliament failed for the 42nd consecutive time, to elect a new president, due to a lack of the constitutionally required quorum.
In a presidential statement adopted here, the 15-nation council, expressed deep concern at the parliament’s repeated inability to form a quorum and elect a president, noting that, the two-year-long vacancy in the presidency has impaired Lebanon’s security and economy.
In this regard, Security Council members stressed that, the election of a president, the formation of a unity government and the election of a parliament, by May 2017 are critical for Lebanon’s stability and resilience, to withstand regional challenges.
Lebanon has been without a president since the term of former president, Michel Suleiman, ended on May 25, 2014, and the sharp political division among the Lebanese parties, hindered the country’s presidential elections.
Source: Name News Network