Lebanon’s parliament is set to vote in army chief General Michel Suleiman as the country’s 11th president, filling a post left vacant for six months.
A Qatar-brokered deal between rival Lebanese politicians last week defused 18-months of political stalemate that erupted into violence as Iranian- backed Hezbollah fighters clashed with government supporters.
With Suleiman in office it is hoped that the disputes that have stoked sectarian tensions and paralysed government will come to an end. The country’s new president will have to wrestle with a raft of devisive issues, notably a UN Security Council resolution that calls for all militias in Lebanon to be disarmed. Suleiman replaces Emile Lahoud, who was seen by many in Lebanon as a Syrian puppet.
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