Lebanese lawmakers once again fail to elect president as Hezbollah-led MPs boycott session

Lebanese lawmakers have again failed to elect a new president as legislators affiliated with a Hezbollah-led alliance boycotted the third round of voting.

Lebanese politicians are sharply divided and have failed to agree on a compromise candidate for the country's top post. The disputes make it increasingly unlikely they would be able to elect a president before President Michel Suleiman's term ends on May 25.

A two-thirds quorum of the legislature's 128 members is required for an electoral session.

Wednesday's vote could not be held as dozens of lawmakers, many of them allied with Hezbollah, did not show up. Only 73 lawmakers attended the session.

With no quorum, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the session and scheduled a fourth round for May 15.