Lebanon MPs announce parliament sit in over president vacuum

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Two Lebanese lawmakers held an overnight sit in at the parliament building on Thursday to protest the continued failure by MPs to elect a new president. Melhem Khalaf and Najat Saliba – two of more than a dozen independent and reformist MPs who won in the May 2022 elections – spent the night in parliament, situated in downtown Beirut’s Nejmeh Square. They were visited by fellow lawmakers, using phone lights and candles to guide themselves around the building after the power was switched off. Their announcement of the sit in on Thursday came after lawmakers failed for an 11th time to elect a ne…

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