Moussa urges Lebanese to unite

Jan. 12, 2008 at 1:55 PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The head of the Arab League Saturday urged Lebanese opposition parties to band together for the good of their country.

Arab League Secretary Gen. Amr Moussa said all Lebanese factions must cooperate to save Lebanon from its current political crisis, KUNA reported.

Moussa spoke with reporters Saturday at the end of four days of meetings in Beirut with leaders representing numerous political factions, the Kuwait news agency reported.

Moussa urged the rival factions to approve an Arab League plan aimed at electing Lebanese Army Gen. Michel Suleiman as Lebanese president. The plan also calls for forming a government of national unity and drafting a new electoral law.

The president's seat has been empty since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term Nov. 24. The divided Lebanese Parliament has delayed elections 11 times without a consensus.

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