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Michel Aoun Is Elected as Lebonon's New President

October 31, 2016 1:42 PM
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Michel Aoun Is Elected as Lebonon's New President

BEIRUT — Lebanon's parliament elected Michel Aoun as the country's president on Monday, ending a more than two-year vacuum in the top post and a political crisis that brought state institutions perilously close to collapse.

The 81-year-old former army commander is a strong ally of the militant group Hezbollah. He secured a simple majority of votes in the house after a chaotic session that saw several rounds of voting because extra ballots appeared in the ballot box each time. He garnered 83 votes out of 127 lawmakers p...

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