Without electing successor, Lebanon is left without president after Aoun's departure


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O ex-presidente libanês Michel Aoun acena para apoiadores durante uma cerimônia de despedida no final de seu mandato, no Palácio Baabda, a leste de Beirute, Líbano, 30 de outubro de 2022.
Former Lebanese President Michel Aoun waves to supporters during a farewell ceremony at the end of his term at Baabda Palace to the east from Beirut, Lebanon, 21 October .| Photo: EFE/EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

Former Lebanese President Michel Aoun walked out of the presidential palace on Sunday (21), one day before his term of office expires, without a successor having been appointed. Before his departure, he signed a decree that excludes the possibility that Prime Minister Najib Mikati will run the country on an interim basis. The power vacuum aggravates the political paralysis in the country, which is in full economic collapse.

Michel Aoun’s six-year term ends without the deputies being able to reach an agreement on his successor. Parliament has met four times in the last month to elect a president, but neither the Shia Muslim camp of Hezbollah – the powerful armed movement that dominates political life in Lebanon – nor its opponents have a clear majority to impose a candidate.

In his final week as president, Aoun signed a US-brokered agreement outlining Lebanon’s southern maritime border with Israel – a modest diplomatic advance that allows the two countries to extract natural gas from offshore deposits.

The former president stated that he will continue to be involved in Lebanon’s politics, even when he leaves office, especially to face the governor of the Central Bank, Riad Salameh, one of the main political opponents. of the president.

Salameh is being investigated in Lebanon and in at least five other countries, accused of corruption and embezzlement of public money. He denies the allegations.

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