Italian FM calls for consensus in Lebanon to break presidential election deadlock

Italy’s foreign minister said he was hopeful Lebanon will have a new president by next week’s deadline and called on government and opposition leaders to reach a consensus in order to break the presidential election deadlock that threatens to rip the country apart.”We are trying for a new president who enjoys wide (popular) support on the basis of a consensus,” Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema told reporters Saturday as he left Lebanon, winding up daylong talks with rival faction leaders. Full Story

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