File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Although Parliament is scheduled to convene Wednesday to try to elect a new president, Hezbollah's top leaders appear to be more preoccupied with the upcoming legislative elections in Iraq and the June 3 presidential battle in Syria than the Lebanese presidential vote, political sources said.Instead, Hezbollah's lawmakers were tasked with commenting on Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's candidacy or reaffirming the party's alliance with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and its support for the choice of Marada leader MP Sleiman Frangieh as a possible presidential candidate, even though this oral confirmation – in the eyes of March 8 allies – is not sufficient, the sources said.The inability of any presidential candidate to win the votes of 86 MPs in the first round of voting would prompt Berri to adjourn the parliamentary session to a later date, the sources said.
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