Hizbullah Ally Set to Become President of Lebanon

(AP) Zeina Karam - Veteran Christian leader Michel Aoun, 81, a former general and a strong ally of Hizbullah, is poised to be chosen by Parliament on Monday as Lebanon's new president, ending a two-year vacuum in the country's top post. "Aoun's election is a clear victory for the pro-Iranian axis in the Levant and another climb down for Saudi Arabia," wrote Paul Salem, vice president for policy and research at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri formally endorsed Aoun for president last week - reportedly in exchange for becoming prime minister.

2016-10-31 00:00:00

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