Middle East

Tight security measures in Beirut ahead of presidential vote

  • A worker hangs a billboard showing Christian leader Michel Aoun with Arabic that reads "For all Lebanon," in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Aoun, an 81-year-old veteran Christian politician, is set to be elected by Parliament on Monday as part of a political deal that's expected to be another boost for President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    A worker hangs a billboard showing Christian leader Michel Aoun with Arabic that reads "For all Lebanon," in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Aoun, an 81-year-old veteran Christian politician, is set to be elected by Parliament on Monday as part of a political deal that's expected to be another boost for President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk past posters of Christian leader Michel Aoun in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Aoun, an 81-year-old veteran politician, is set to be elected by Parliament on Monday as part of a political deal that's expected to be another boost for President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    People walk past posters of Christian leader Michel Aoun in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Aoun, an 81-year-old veteran politician, is set to be elected by Parliament on Monday as part of a political deal that's expected to be another boost for President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese soldiers clean a red carpet ahead of the arrival by Christian leader Michel Aoun, the assumed president elect, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Aoun, a former army commander and strong ally of the militant Hezbollah group, is widely expected to win a two-third majority vote to become Lebanon's 13th president at Monday's session of Parliament. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese soldiers clean a red carpet ahead of the arrival by Christian leader Michel Aoun, the assumed president elect, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Aoun, a former army commander and strong ally of the militant Hezbollah group, is widely expected to win a two-third majority vote to become Lebanon's 13th president at Monday's session of Parliament. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanese security forces have tightened security in downtown Beirut where legislators are to convene to elect a new president.

Christian leader Michel Aoun, a former army commander and strong ally of the militant Hezbollah group, is widely expected to win a two-third majority vote to become Lebanon's 13th president at Monday's session of Parliament.

For over two years, Lebanon has been without a head of state since President Michel Suleiman stepped down at the end of his term in May 2014. Since then, 45 sessions to elect a new leader have failed because of a lack of quorum.

Ahead of the vote, cars have been banned from entering most of central Beirut and metal detectors are set up in the streets around Parliament. Army helicopters are flying over the city.