It is the job of Lebanon’s parliament to pick a new president but tomorrow’s attempt looks set to end in failure amid threats of an opposition boycott. Nonetheless speaker Nabih Berri, an opposition figure himself, hopes a compromise candidate can be found before time runs out.
Lebanon is reeling after last week’s killing of an anti-Syrian MP – the latest in a series of such murders.
The violence has left some pessimistic a vote can take place soon.
“I don’t think there will be a presidential election but there will be more assassinations from now until November when Emile Lahoud’s term ends,” said a man interviewed on the street in Beirut.
“And the situation is getting worse and worse.”
With Lebanon caught in a political crisis the pressure is on rival leaders to find a solution. The actual deadline for electing a president is November 24.