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Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri will convene a meeting to elect a new president on September 29, Reuters reported citing state media.

President Michel Aoun's six-year term ends Oct. 31, and politicians have expressed concern about the lack of a successor, warning of more institutional stalemate, given that Lebanon also has not had a fully functioning government since May.

Parliament will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  The votes of two-thirds of lawmakers in the 128-member legislature are required for a candidate to win in the first round of voting, after which a simple majority would suffice.

Aoun came to power after a 29-month presidential vacuum when parliament could not agree on the election of a president. Aoun is limited to one term, and the major political parties have not announced any agreement on his successor.

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