Lebanon's next president: A 'temperamental' ex-general and Hizballah ally
Barring any surprises, a former Lebanese general and a strong ally of the militant Hizballah group is poised to be elected Lebanon’s president next week, formally ending a two-year vacuum in the country’s top post and a political crisis that has paralysed the troubled Mideast nation.
Lebanon has been without a head of state since President Michel Suleiman stepped down at the end of his term in May 2014, without an agreement on a replacement.
Aoun’s endorsement by Hariri has angered many Lebanese Sunnis, including some within Hariri’s own Future Party. Aoun also faces stiff resistance from parliament’s powerful speaker, Nabih Berri and there are concerns spoilers could stir up trouble on the streets to obstruct Monday’s vote.