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Christian leader Michel Aoun speaks to journalists after former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri endorsed him for Lebanese president, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon finally has a new president after a two-year stalemate


Michel Aoun was elected the president of Lebanon on Monday.

Lebanon has gone more than two years without a president. This was the 46th attempt of Lebanon's Parliament to pick a president after 29 months.

Aoun, a Christian, is backed by the Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah; his candidacy was blocked by the Sunni group Future Movement until a political deal was struck, the BBC reports. That group's leader, Saad Hariri, will reportedly become prime minister.

The political gridlock has paralyzed Lebanon's government as it grapples with the arrival of one million refugees, many from neighboring Syria.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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