President Aoun Expressed Relief After The First Presidential Election Session

Middle East Online

President Michel Aoun followed up from his office on the details of the first presidential election round that was held in parliament, expressing “relief over the start of the electoral process in an atmosphere of democracy.”

“Democracy has always characterized the Lebanese system over the years, although the sequence of events over the past years necessitates an evaluation of the general political performance in the country,” the Presidency added in a statement.

Aoun also hoped that more electoral sessions “will follow within the constitutional timeframe so the parliament can elect a new president who would continue the course of reform and fighting corruption that started six years ago, in addition to confronting the difficult economic and social situations that citizens are suffering from.”

The Lebanese parliament on Thursday failed to elect a new president, with the majority of lawmakers casting blank ballots and some walking out.

The six-year term of Aoun ends on Oct. 31.

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