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Lebanon: US senators call for electing president 'accountable to the people'

Leading US senators accuse Hezbollah and its allies of orchestrating the political deadlock in Lebanon.
Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (L) speaks with Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday committed a total of $713 million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

BEIRUT — As a political deadlock continues to hinder the election of a president in Lebanon six months into a presidential vacuum, members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the Biden administration to support presidential candidates who will be accountable to the Lebanese people.

In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden on Tuesday chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and ranking member of the committee Jim Risch (R-Idaho) expressed their concerns regarding the political stalemate, which they accused the Shiite Hezbollah group and its allies of engineering.

“It is alarming to see the use of Lebanon’s presidential selection process as an obstacle to a capable and empowered government,” the letter said. 

The two bipartisan high-ranking senators urged the White House "to clearly reinforce the urgent need for the formation of a Lebanese government that is committed to governing transparently and addressing the desperate needs of the Lebanese people, rather than enriching cronies or enabling bad actors like Hezbollah to further derail Lebanese democracy."

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