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Iran calls election of Lebanon’s president ‘important step’ towards stabilization

October 31, 2016, 16:50 UTC+3 TEHRAN

The country’s top post has been vacant since May 25, 2014

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TEHRAN, October 31. /TASS/. Tehran hails the election of Lebanon’s president that is crucial for stabilizing the situation in the Arab country, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"Iran welcomes the consent that various political forces of Lebanon managed to achieve after the consultations that had lasted for two and a half years. We believe the election of the president is an important step towards consolidating democracy and stability in the country," the ministry said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran congratulates the Lebanese people on this significant event," it said, expressing hope that during the presidency of Michel Naim Aoun the Iranian-Lebanese relations will develop rapidly.

On Monday, Lebanon’s unicameral parliament elected Christian politician Michel Naim Aoun as the country’s new president. The 81-year-old leader of the Free Patriotic Movement won support of the majority of lawmakers. Aoun failed to secure a two thirds majority in the first round. A second round took place in the parliament and the politician won 83 votes.

The country’s top post has been vacant since May 25, 2014 when Michel Suleiman left office. Over the past two years, Lebanon’s lawmakers failed to agree on the presidential candidate who would suit both the Muslim and Christian parties. The vote in the parliament had been put off 45 times due to the lack of a quorum.

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