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Lebanon Delays Presidential Election Again

Lebanon's parliament has postponed Monday's scheduled presidential election, the latest in a series of delays during the country's political crisis.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced Saturday that the parliamentary voting session will be moved to February 26.

Lebanon has been without a head of state since late November when President Emile Lahoud's term expired. The leadership vacuum is due to a standoff between the pro-Western governing coalition leader Saad al-Hariri and Syrian-backed opposition leader Michael Aoun.

The two sides have agreed on an Arab League plan calling for the election of army General Michel Sulieman as president. But they differ on how to form a new national unity government.

The opposition wants a third of the seats in the new Cabinet so it can have veto power.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.