MP Robert Ghanem speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, June 12, 2008. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Presidential hopeful MP Robert Ghanem said Monday he and MP Michel Aoun opposed amending the Constitution to elect a civil servant, referring to the possible nomination of Army Chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh.His remarks came after his meeting with Aoun, another nominee for the country's top Christian post. Neither Salameh or Kahwagi have announced their candidacy for the presidency, but the two figures are seen as consensus candidates compared to other nominees.Constitution stipulates that judges and grade one public sector employees seeking nomination should quit their posts two years prior to the election.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Bkirki would only support amending the Constitution to elect Salameh or Kahwagi if lawmakers agreed on their nomination.
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