Lebanon MPs Deadlock, But Deal Looms

After last week's killing, possible presidential compromise awaits
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 2:19 PM CDT
Lebanese Christian anti-Syrian lawmaker, Solonge Gemayel, holds a portrait of slain Lebanese minister and anti-Syrian lawmaker Pierre Gemayel, upon her arrival at the parliament building to vote for new...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As expected, the Lebanese parliament deadlocked today as it tried to select a successor to outgoing president Émile Lahoud. But after last week's assassination of an anti-Syrian MP, this week brought promising signs of a compromise between the ruling party and more pro-Syrian opposition groups, including Hezbollah. Another vote is scheduled for next month, Reuters reports.

The standoff between pro- and anti-Syrian factions in Lebanon over the next president, who is by tradition always a Christian, has now entered its 10th month. But a recent meeting between the parliament's pro-Syrian speaker and Saad al-Hariri, the son of the slain ex-PM, has signaled a possible thaw. Lahoud's term expires Nov. 23.