The Lebanese army has taken over control of the country’s security, as MPs again failed to elect a new President. Tension was high in parliament as MPs argued over a successor to President Emile Lahoud whose term ends tonight. But it was soon announced that they had failed, and the vote was postponed, again.
It means there will be no head of state in Lebanon from midnight tonight – a potentially dangerous situation in a country still scarred by sectarian violence and civil war. If no consensus candidate emerges, Lebanon could see competing pro- and anti-Syrian factions battling for power.
President Lahoud is pro-Syrian, and refuses to hand power to the anti-Syrian government as the constitution demands. He has handed control of Lebanese security to the army, warning of the dangers of a state of emergency. He said the military would guarentee control.