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The French officials reportedly stressed the need to hold the Lebanese presidential election on time and for Lebanon to have a strong president who can face the mounting challenges.Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is expected to schedule a session to elect a new president on Apr. 16 in response to Bkirki's call for speedy elections in order to prevent a power vacuum in Lebanon.Lebanon's main deciders, Future Movement leader Saad Hariri and Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, are shying away from showing their support for any particular presidential candidate in order not to create a political climate that could negatively affect the atmosphere of calm that has prevailed over the country.However, a Future Movement official quoted the party's secretary-general, Ahmad Hariri, as saying that Future believes there is a 90 percent chance Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwagi will become president.
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