No president for Lebanon as deadline looms

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Lebanon's parliament has failed in its fifth attempt to hold a session to elect the country's new president, The Associated Press reported.

Thursday's attempt to secure the needed quorum for a vote was seen as a last-ditch effort to elect a new head of state two days before President Michel Suleiman's term expires.

As in previous sessions over the past month, the vote could not be held as lawmakers allied with the militant Hezbollah group boycotted the voting for lack of agreement on a consensus president.

The move all but ensures a presidential vacuum in the tiny Arab nation.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said parliament would keep its doors open until the expiry of Suleiman's term on midnight Saturday in case the feuding political factions come to a last-minute agreement.

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