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Sayyed Nasrallah demands joint efforts to help Lebanon presidential election

25 October 2016 7:57

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Secretary General of Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has called upon all Lebanese political parties to join forces and put a favorable end to the 30-month presidential void in the Arab country.

During a meeting with the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement and presidential hopeful, Michel Aoun, in Beirut on Sunday night, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the need for concerted efforts in order to direct the upcoming presidential vote in Lebanon toward a good conclusion, Hezbollah said in a statement released on Monday.

The Hezbollah chief also exchanged viewpoints on the latest regional developments and internal issues of Lebanon, particularly the election of the country’s president, with Aoun.

Aoun, for his part, expressed his gratitude to Nasrallah over his efforts to facilitate an end to Lebanon’s presidential vacuum.

“We are here tonight to thank Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah for helping us resolve the obstinate presidential election problem, and for providing all facilities to solve this issue. Thanks God, we’ve reached a happy ending,” the Free Patriotic Movement founder said.

He also praised the Hezbollah leader for his support and tolerance concerning national issues.

Addressing people in a Sunday afternoon speech marking a week since the killing of Hezbollah military commander, Hatem Hamade, in Syria, Nasrallah said, “Everything can be solved through dialogue. We do not impose any decision on our allies. Each of us has his own approach.”


Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah , delivers a televised speech in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 23, 2016.

He emphasized that Hezbollah’s members of parliament would vote for Aoun to become president of Lebanon during the next parliamentary session.

Lebanon has been without a president for more than two years, when the term of last president, Michel Suleiman, came to an end in May 2014.

The Lebanese parliament has so far been unsuccessful to pick a president because the two-third quorum needed to hold a vote has yet to be gained. Parliament will convene on October 31 for the 46th session to elect the president.

Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of opposing political initiatives and obstructing the election of a president in Lebanon.

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