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Void in Lebanon’s presidency as Michel Aoun leaves office

Michel Aoun, the 89-year-old president whose term in office saw Lebanon’s financial meltdown and the deadly Beirut port blast, has vacated the presidential palace, according to TRT World.


Before Sunday’s departure, in his final week in the palace, he signed onto a US-mediated deal delineating Lebanon’s southern maritime border with Israel.


Lebanon’s parliament has so far been unable to agree on a successor in the role, which has the power to sign bills into law, appoint new prime ministers and green-light government formations before they are voted on by parliament.


Like during more than half of Aoun’s time in office, Lebanon is currently governed by a caretaker cabinet as the premier-designate has been trying for six months to form a government.


Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency