Lebanese parliament elects Suleiman as president
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    BEIRUT, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese parliament on Sunday approved army chief Michel Suleiman as the new president of the country.

    Of the 127 lawmakers casting their ballots, 118 voted for Suleiman's election, six abstained, and three voted for others, local Naharnet news website reported.

    As the consensus candidate of rival Lebanese blocs, Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman became the president on Sunday following six months of presidential vacancy.

    Parliament Speaker and opposition leader Nabih Berri announced at the parliamentary headquarters that "Michel Suleiman got 118 votes and I declare him president of Lebanon."

    Many Arab and international guests, including Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and a delegation from the U.S. Congress, attend the session.

    This election came after the Western-backed ruling coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition reached an agreement in Doha early Wednesday to end the country's 18-month-long political crisis.

    The feuding Lebanese political groups have long agreed on Suleiman as a consensus candidate to succeed ex-President Emile Lahoud who ended his term on Nov. 24, but a deadlock over the line-up of a national unity government had forced the vote to be postponed for 19 times. 

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Editor: Mu Xuequan
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