Lebanon considering vote postponement

Sept. 23, 2007 at 8:13 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lebanon's presidential election will probably be delayed while a compromise candidate is sought, government leader Amin Gemayel said.

Parliament was to vote Tuesday, but signs were pointing toward a month-long delay to find a candidate capable of uniting the country, Gemayel said Saturday.

Parliament will convene Tuesday with discussions on finding such a person between the ruling majority and the Hezbollah-led opposition, The New York Times reported Sunday.

President Emile Lahoud steps down Nov. 24 and Hezbollah had vowed to boycott Tuesday's session and prevent parliament from reaching the quorum needed to elect a president.

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