Saturday, February 9, 2008
Presidential Vote Delayed as Mussa Leaves Lebanon
"09/02/2008 A parliamentary session to elect Lebanon's president has been postponed from Monday to February 26, the speaker's office announced on Saturday. Speaker Nabih Berri "has decided to postpone the session that had been scheduled on February 11 to elect a president until Tuesday, February 26," the statement said.
Berri’s postponement was announced shortly after Arab League chief Amr Mussa left Lebanon after failing to mediate a solution to the protracted crisis. After failing again to end the stalemate despite a round-table meeting with feuding politicians, Mussa left the country on Saturday. "We did not accomplish the required progress but we will pursue our contacts until a new meeting is held in the second half of February," Mussa told the Lebanese daily As-Safir. "The situation is complicated and there is a lack" of trust between the two camps, he said......"