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Three candidates for Lebanon's presidency

The current shameful parliamentary deadlock could also be an opportunity for new leadership.
Lebanon's Central Bank governor Riad Salameh gestures as he attends an interview with Reuters at the Lebanese Central Bank in Beirut September 16, 2013. Salameh said the stimulus plan had been vital to keeping Lebanon's economy growing at a rate which he estimated at between 2.0 and 2.25 percent this year, and additional support would be needed in 2014.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTX13NQT

The stifling deadlock that threatens to postpone the election of a new president of Lebanon for the next few weeks — if not months — does not mean there is a dearth of exemplary candidates who are not traditional Maronite leaders. Those other candidates are equipped with the clarity of commitment and the wisdom of judgment and thus can be, at critical moments such as Lebanon today, possible candidates.

What is urgently needed to break through are candidates with a proven record of knowledge, enlightenment and the ability to deal with complexity and resolve lingering social, economic and political problems.

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