February 25, 2008 / 4:45 PM / 9 years ago

Lebanon presidential vote postponed to March 11

BEIRUT, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Lebanon's presidential election was postponed on Monday to March 11 from Feb. 26, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said, declaring the 15th delay of a vote blocked by a bitter political conflict.

The Western-backed governing coalition and an opposition alliance backed by Syria and Iran have been unable to agree a political deal on how to share seats in a new cabinet, holding up the election of a new president.

The rival sides have agreed that army chief General Michel Suleiman should fill the post, which has been vacant since the term of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud expired on Nov. 23.

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