Lebanon's presidency vote delayed
It is the sixth time the vote has been put off. Lebanon's parliament has again postponed a session to elect a new president, allowing rival groups time for more talks on a compromise figure.
The parliament's speaker said the vote would now be held on 7 December. The pro-western government and the opposition backed by Syria have failed to agree who should succeed Emile Lahoud who stepped down on 23 November. Meanwhile, Lebanon's army chief Gen Michel Suleiman has emerged as the latest candidate for the post. Earlier on Thursday, the prominent Christian opposition figure, Michel Aoun , gave his conditional support to Mr Suleiman's candidacy. Mr Aoun's conditions included the appointment of a neutral prime minister - something the governing coalition has previously rejected. It is the sixth time the presidential vote has been delayed, in what is Lebanon's worst internal political crisis since the country's long civil war ended in 1990. Under Lebanon's sectarian power-sharing system, all the country's presidents must be Maronite Christians // BBC