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Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat

France Says Lebanon Must Elect New Head of State Soon

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads the first session to elect a new president at the parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

France's foreign ministry has said it is important that Lebanon elects a new head of state before Oct. 31, when President Michel Aoun's term ends.

The Lebanese parliament failed to do so on Thursday, signaling the likelihood of the post being left vacant as the country grapples with a financial crisis, Reuters said.

"Lebanese leaders must rise to the occasion, which requires getting together and implementing the necessary measures to end the crisis," a French foreign ministry spokesperson said late on Friday.

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