Lebanon to elect president but divisions run deep

Lebanese presidential candidate Michel Aoun, a Christian former army chief, is allied with the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah movementLebanon’s parliament is set to end more than two years of stalemate on Monday by electing ex-general Michel Aoun as president, but the vote is unlikely to heal deep political divisions. Aoun, a Christian former army chief, is allied with the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah movement whose forces are fighting in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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