Lebanon’s parliament fails to elect president as political paralysis continues

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament on Thursday failed to elect a new president, with the majority of lawmakers casting blank ballots and some walking out.

Under Lebanon’s fragile sectarian power-sharing system, the country’s 128-member parliament votes for a president, who must be a Maronite Christian. That’s a challenging threshold, and in the context of the country’s struggling economy and deeply divided Parliament, Lebanon’s unresolved leadership question has intensified concerns of government paralysis.

The six-year term of incumbent President Michel Aoun ends on Oct. 31. He is a retired military general and an ally of Iran-backed Hezbollah and was elected in October 2016 following a two-year stalemate.

Aoun’s successor is to be elected at a time when…

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