Suleiman Gears Up to Leave Baabda, Farewell Speech on May 24

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President Michel Suleiman seems not to be interested in the uproar brought up around him on extending his term, which ends on May 25, and continues to gear up to leave the presidential palace on the date set by the constitution, An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday.

Several politicians close to Suleiman, including Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Motleb al-Hennawi, have suggested to extend his term in a bid to avoid vacuum in the top Christian post after the parliament’s failure to secure quorum in three parliamentary sessions for the election of a new president.

However, Suleiman carries on with the preparations to leave the presidential palace together with his advisers and assistants after a farewell celebration organized in that regard at Baabda, An Nahar said.

Visitors to Suleiman quoted him as saying that extending his term is impossible and that he had decided to leave the presidential palace on the 25th of May and is scheduled to receive visitors at his own residence in Amsheet, al-Liwaa daily reported.

The President will hold a farewell celebration at Baabda on May 24 and will deliver a farewell speech, it added.

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