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Future denies Hariri in Lebanon for election

BEIRUT: A Future Movement source denied Friday that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri would return to Lebanon to attend the parliamentary session to elect a new president next week.

“Such allegations are not true,” the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Star.

“Hariri has no intentions of coming back to Lebanon at the moment,” the source added.

Future MP Ahmad Fatfat also told The Daily Star that there was no information regarding the return of the Future Movement leader, who has been out of the country for nearly three years.

Tripoli MP Samir Jisr, also from the Future bloc, told the Voice of Lebanon radio station earlier in the day that Hariri might attend next week’s parliamentary session to elect a president.

Jisr was not available for a comment on his claims.

Speaker Nabih Berri had called for a session on Wednesday to elect a new head of state. However, chances of electing a president during the session remain low, with both the March 8 and March 14 blocs still deliberating their candidates. The two-month constituional deadline to elect a new president ends on May 25.

Hariri hinted in a television interview in Cairo in February that he might return to Lebanon for the presidential election.

“My return to Lebanon is dependent on the political and security moment [as] I see fit. We have presidential elections that should take place and I will not be absent from it and I will be a part of it,” Hariri said.

Hariri left Lebanon in early 2011, months after the collapse of his National Unity government. He has repeatedly cited security concerns for his absence.





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