THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN LEBANON

A DEADLINE FRAUGHT WITH DANGER?

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La Maison du Futur in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung will be publishing in 2016 a series of policy papers tackling political, economic and social topics that are of interest for Lebanon and the region. The second policy paper was prepared by Professor Joseph Maila entitled "The Presidential Elections in Lebanon: a Deadline Fraught with Danger?"

Of all the gridlocks affecting the Lebanese political system, the one affecting the presidential election is the most serious. For two years, no parliamentary session aimed at choosing a successor to outgoing President Michel Sleiman could be held. While the Lebanese Constitution stipulates that electing a president is a priority and holding Chamber’s meetings without delay to elect the head of state is an imperative, several sessions have passed by without the quorum being met. So far, it seemed as if a higher blocking force was impeding the course of the presidential polls prior to reaching agreement on a consensus candidate, in which case, the election would have constituted a mere formality, as a pre-approved president would have been chosen before MPs cast their ballots.

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Lebanon, August 1, 2016

Professor Joseph Maila
Policy Paper

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