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Standstill persists in Lebanon

Lebanon has been without a president for over a year now, and the current international pressure to hold elections is not going over well with the country's term-extending parliament.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam gestures as he argues during a cabinet meeting in the Grand Saray in Beirut, Lebanon July 9, 2015.  Hundreds of supporters of a Lebanese Christian politician protested in Beirut on Thursday against the Sunni prime minister they claim is marginalizing Christian influence, stirring tensions in a country in crisis over war in neighboring Syria. Michel Aoun accuses Prime Minister Salam of taking decisions without cross-party consensus and usurping powers reserved for the pr
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BEIRUT — Facing international pressure to elect a new president for Lebanon, some political parties in Beirut are suspicious of what they call a dubious request.

These political parties are requesting, first and foremost, that parliamentary elections be held. They seem assured of their stance from a legal and constitutional standpoint. They also seem certain that the confrontation between their own demands and the international ones to elect a president will end up favoring their side and Lebanon will resist caving to international pressure.

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