Lebanese Phalange men shot dead

The killings took place at the opening ceremony of a party building in Zahle.

    The building was being opened as a Phalange party regional headquarters [AFP]

    The deaths come as Lebanon faces a protracted political deadlock.

    The country has been without a president since Emile Lahoud stepped down at the end of his term in November, 17 parliamentary sessions scheduled to elect a successor have been postponed.

    The next attempt to reach an agreement on a new president, planned for Tuesday, is unlikely to take place.

    The impasse has led to occasional civil unrest.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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