Lebanon's presidential election postponed to Sept. 23

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Lebanese lawmakers Tuesday failed to elect a new president for an 11th time, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the voting session to Sept. 23, The Daily Star reported.

Only 57 deputies of the 128-member Parliament showed up for the noon session, reflecting the lack of consensus over a presidential candidate.

Hezbollah MPs and lawmakers from the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Michel Aoun, the undeclared March 8 candidate for president, have maintained their boycott of the election sessions, insisting that a consensus candidate be agreed upon before any vote is held.

A statement read out by Berri's spokesman Mohammad Ballout said the speaker had postponed the session until noon on Sept. 23 "over lack of quorum."

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