Lebanon without a president

May 25, 2014 - 3:29:06 am
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman sits inside a car as he leaves the presidential palace in Baabda on the last day of his presidential mandate, yesterday.

BEIRUT: Outgoing Lebanese President Michel Suleiman yesterday said that dialogue was the only way to overcome deep divisions in the country.

Suleiman made his remarks during his farewell speech hours before his six-year term ended and two days after parliament failed for the fifth time to choose a successor.

With his departure, Lebanon enters a presidential vacancy with no clear sign when it will end.

Suleiman’s powers will pass to Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government.

Suleiman reiterated his call for the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah to pull its fighters out of Syria to preserve national unity.

“(Preserving) our national unity is the priority and forces us not to interfere in the issues of the neighbour no matter how dear the neighbour is,” he said.

REUTERS

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