Lebanon’s Parliament Failed To Vote For A President

The Lebanese Parliament today, September 16, in its session discussing the country’s budget for 2022, agreed to triple the salaries of public sector employees, including soldiers, retirees, and contractors, as part of social assistance.
Lebanese Parliament

The presidential election session scheduled today by the parliament speaker Nabih Berri failed to achieve its goal of electing a president.

With the quorum secured, the session started at 11 am this morning. Shortly after, the first voting round started with 122 MPs present.

MPs Fouad Makhzoumy, Nehmat Frem, Ibrahim Mneimneh, and Najat Saliba have an excuse for not attending the session, MP Salim Sayegh and MP Sethrida Geagea were counted as absent.

The first round ended with 36 votes for Michel Mouawad, 11 for Salim Edde, 63 blank votes, and 12 uncounted votes.

A second round didn’t take place because the session lost the quorum.

Parliamentary speaker, Nabih Berri, said he will call for another session once an agreement and consensus are reached on a president.

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