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Lebanese official says presidential election unlikely to happen Friday
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19:29, November 28, 2007

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Lebanese Information Minister Ghazi Aridi has said a parliamentary session set for Friday to elect a new president was unlikely to take place, local Naharnet news website reported on Wednesday.

"It is unlikely the election will take place on Friday," Aridi was quoted as saying, adding that "behind-the-scenes meetings" were underway between the various political leadership in an effort to find a way out of the presidential stalemate.

"But until now, we haven't reached any result," Aridi said.

Lebanon's presidential election has been postponed from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30 to give the anti-Syrian majority coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition more time to break a deadlock over a compromise candidate.

It's the fifth postponement since Sept. 25. Lebanese ruling coalition and the opposition have been separated by a wide chasm since six of the latter's ministers resigned from Premier Fouad Seniora's government in November last year.

The forecast presidential event has caused widespread concern among the Lebanese, fearing further disarrays and possible eruption of violence.


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