Lebanon elects Aoun president, ending two-year vacuum

Lebanese President Michel Aoun posing with the presidential medal at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of Beirut on October 31, 2016Lebanese lawmakers ended a two-year political vacuum Monday by electing as president ex-army chief Michel Aoun, who promised to protect the country from spillover from the war in neighbouring Syria. The deeply divided parliament took four rounds of voting to elect 81-year-old Aoun, whose supporters flooded streets across the country waving his party’s orange flag. “Lebanon is still treading through a minefield, but it has been spared the fires burning across the region,” Aoun said after taking the presidential oath.

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