In a press statement, the 15-member body “underlined in the strongest possible terms their concern over this prolonged vacancy, which has led to blockages in the Council of Ministers, and rendered the Parliament incapable of passing critical legislation.”

LebanonThe council also noted that “the vacancy and the resulting political paralysis seriously impair Lebanon’s ability to address the growing security, economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing the country.”

Expressing its deep concern at the Lebanese parliament’s repeated inability to form a quorum and elect a president, the council called on “all Lebanese leaders to act responsibly and with leadership and flexibility to convene urgently a parliamentary session and proceed to the election of a president.”

On Tuesday,also UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for all Lebanese leaders “to act responsibly to elect a president without any further delay in accordance with the country’s constitution.”

In March, the Lebanese parliament failed for the 37th time in a row to elect a president to replace Suleiman.

Source: Xinhua


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