Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai receives the parliamentary committee in Bkirki, Monday, March 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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A three-member committee from Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc met Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Monday to reinforce its calls on rival political leaders to discuss the upcoming presidential election.It later met with former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who called for the presidential election to happen on time.Frangieh said that Rai, along with the four top Maronite leaders – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun; Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea; former President Amin Gemayel, head of the Kataeb Party; and Frangieh – were demanding the election of a strong president.Separately, Berri has met at his Ain al-Tineh residence with Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, head of the parliamentary Future bloc, to discuss the presidential election.
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