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The Lebanese parliament fails to elect a new president in a first round of voting.
The leading candidate Samir Geagea fell short of the required two-thirds majority. The next voting would be held next Wednesday. The parliament's meeting was called by House Speaker Nabih Berri to elect the president before the term of current President Michel Sleiman comes to an end on May 25. Talks over the new president are overshadowed by the war on Syria. Under Lebanon's political system, which seeks to guarantee representation for its various sects and religions, the president must be a Maronite Christian. A new Lebanese president faces massive security and economic challenges, most of them related to the spillover from the conflict in neighboring Syria.