Lebanon’s parliament could not choose a president today in its 12th try, as neither the candidate backed by Hezbollah, Suleiman Frangieh, nor the former finance minister, Jihad Azour, got enough votes to win the first round.

The vote failure will worsen sectarian divisions in Lebanon, which is already facing one of the worst economic crises in the world and an unprecedented political deadlock with its cabinet only partly functioning and its legislature split.

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