BEIRUT — Lebanon's Christian leader is pressing the country's political elite to pass a parliamentary electoral law and elect a president as thousands of his supporters gathered on a road leading to the empty presidential palace.
Christian leader Michel Aoun, center, greets his supporters as he arrives to deliver a speech during a rally near the empty presidential palace in the Beirut suburb of Baabda, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Aoun, who is bidding for the presidency, is pressing the countryâ€™s political elite to pass a parliamentary electoral law and elect a president. The large rally Sunday comes amid a persistent political stalemate in Lebanon, which has had no president for over a year and a parliament torn by political rivalry. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Sunday's large rally comes amid a persistent political stalemate in Lebanon, which has had no president for over a year. Lebanon's parliament has been torn by political rivalry and is unable to elect a president since the last one's term expired in May 2014.
Michel Aoun, the 80-year-old former army commander, is bidding for the presidency. He told the crowd: "Change will come through real elections that really represent the will of the Lebanese people."
According to Lebanon's power-sharing system, the president must be a Christian, the premier a Sunni and the parliament speaker a Shiite.
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