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Lebanese lawmakers pick Hezbollah-ally Michel Aoun to end presidential logjam

October 31, 2016 12:50 PM
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Lebanese lawmakers pick Hezbollah-ally Michel Aoun to end presidential logjam

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament ended a more than two-year leadership vacuum Monday, electing as president a former general supported by the powerful Hezbollah militia to give the Iranian-backed militia even wider clout in Lebanon’s affairs.

The selection of Michel Aoun, a Christian, highlights the complex alliances among Lebanon’s various factions as the country struggles with the humanitarian and political fallout from the Syrian civil war next door.

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