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Lebanon elects Suleiman as new president

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Lebanon elects Suleiman as new president

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Lebanon’s parliament has elected army chief General Michel Suleiman as the country’s new president.

Suleiman takes up the post left vacant for six-months because of a political crisis that had pushed the country to the brink of a new civil war. 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 divisive issues notably a UN Security Council resolution that calls for all militias in Lebanon to be disarmed. Suleiman replaces Emile Lahoud seen by many in Lebanon as a Syrian puppet.