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Lebanese leaders reach agreement on resolving crisis
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15:34, May 21, 2008

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Lebanese rival leaders in Doha reached Wednesday an agreement on resolving the political crisis, NBN TV quoted the opposition parliament member (MP) Ali Hasan Khalil as saying.

The agreement calls for electing a president immediately, forming a government based on a 16-11-3 formula (16 for the majority, 11 for the opposition and 3 to be chosen by the president)and adopting 1960 electoral law, said the report.

"We except the presidential elections on Thursday or Friday," Khalil, the political assistant of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, was quoted as saying.

Lebanese Parliament house speaker Nabih Berri (L) talks with opposition Christian leader Michel Aoun during an opposition meeting in Doha May 19, 2008.

"The official announcement of the agreement will take place at 10 a.m.(0700 GMT) Wednesday" in the Qatari capital city of Doha, where the rival leaders have been negotiating since Saturday aiming at solving the long ongoing political crisis in the country, which turned violent between pro-government and opposition supporters about two weeks ago.

Lebanon is facing the most complicated political crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Lebanese political rival groups were unable to achieve a breakthrough to elect a new president for the country since Nov. 24 last year when ex-president Emile Lahoud ended his term.


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