U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL CONCERNED OVER TWO-YEAR VACANCY OF LEBANON’S PRESIDENCY

UNITED NATIONS, – The United Nations (UN) Security Council, on Tuesday, voiced its deep concern, over the two-year vacancy in Lebanon’s presidency, since the mandate of former President Michel Suleiman expired, on May 24, 2014, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

In a press statement, the 15-member body “underlined in the strongest possible terms, their concern over this prolonged vacancy, which has led to blockages in the Council of Ministers, and rendered the Parliament incapable of

passing critical legislation.”

The council also noted that, “the vacancy and the resulting political paralysis, seriously impair Lebanon’s ability to address the growing security, economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing the country.”

Expressing its deep concern at the Lebanese parliament’s repeated inability to form a quorum and elect a president, the council called on “all Lebanese leaders to act responsibly and with leadership and flexibility, to convene urgently a parliamentary session and proceed to the election of a president.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, also reiterated his call for all Lebanese leaders, “to act responsibly to elect a president, without any further delay, in accordance with the country’s constitution.”

In Mar, the Lebanese parliament failed for the 37th time in a row, to elect a president to replace Suleiman.

Source: Name News Network

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