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Arab League Mediates in Lebanon

By Prensa Latina

Beirut : Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa arrived in Beirut Wednesday to continue reconciliation steps between the local parliamentary majority and the opposition in the ongoing Lebanese political crisis.

Mousa s arrival in Beirut occurs after his failure this weekend in trying to achieve consensus on reconciliation agreement.

On January 9, after he met with Lebanese Parliament President Nabih Berri and other authorities involved in the conflict, Mousa told press there was a possibility to reach a solution in two days.

Lebanon has been without a president since November 24, because of differences between the parliamentary majority and the opposition, which after 12 attempts, failed to choose a new president after Emile Lahud’s term of office expired.

Monday there will be another call to vote.

Mousa wants the parties to ratify the proposal approved by the Arab Foreign Ministers, who agreed to promote current Lebanese Army Chief Michel Suleiman as president.

In a meeting in Cairo, the 22 Arab foreign ministers also agreed on a national unity government and the adoption of a new electoral law, once Suleiman becomes president.

Mousa s mediation is taking place after a bomb attack in the north of Beirut, in which three Lebanese citizens lost their lives, 21 were injured and a US embassy vehicle was damaged.

Still without definitive proof, White House spokesman Sean McCormack speculated that the attack was aimed at the US vehicle.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrala condemned the attack and denounced sectors inside and outside Lebanon for which it is convenient to use these actions on political objectives.