Lebanese parliament re-elects Berri as speaker -…

Lebanese parliament re-elects Berri as speaker – Reuters count

BEIRUT, May 23 (Reuters) – Shi‘ite politician Nabih Berri won at least half the votes in Lebanon‘s parliament on Wednesday, securing his re-election as speaker for the sixth time since 1992.

The lawmakers took office after a parliamentary vote on May 6, the country‘s first since 2009.

Berri, 80, heads the Amal Movement and has been a close ally of the heavily armed Shi‘ite Hezbollah since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. (Reporting by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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