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.