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Lebanon presidential vote postponed to Dec. 22

A Lebanese presidential election scheduled for Monday was postponed until Dec. 22, the parliament speaker said, delaying the vote for the ninth time. The U.S.-backed governing coalition and opposition supported by Syria have agreed on army chief General Michel Suleiman as the next president but have yet to conclude a broader political deal that will allow the election in parliament to go ahead. “Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri decided to postpone the election which was supposed to be held today to elect a Lebanese president to 12 pm (1000 GMT) on Saturday”, said a statement read on the speaker’s behalf. Berri, a leading opposition figure, had earlier held talks with rival leaders at the chamber. Full Story

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