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Lebanon parliament convenes, Aoun set to become president

Reuters , Monday 31 Oct 2016
Lebanon
A general view shows a large poster of ex-general Michel Aoun ahead of a parliament session expected to elect him as president and end a political stalemate of more than two years, in Jdeidah, on the northern outskirts of the capital Beirut on October 31, 2016. ( AFP PHOTO )
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The Lebanese parliament convened on Monday for a presidential vote that is expected to elect former army commander Michel Aoun as head of state, ending a 29-month-long presidential vacuum, a live broadcast from parliament showed.

Aoun, who is in his 80s, is a close ally of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah. He is to be elected as part of a political deal that is expected to make Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister.

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