An artisan in Sidon listens to a TV broadcast of the session to elect a president as he works on assembling a chair.
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From grocers to dressmakers, Lebanese from Christian and Muslim neighborhoods alike were avidly following the televised parliamentary session to elect a new president Wednesday, but said results would not impact their lives directly.Most were cynical about the effectiveness of the candidates vying for the country's top Christian post, remaining apathetic over the results, no matter who the victor might be. For Sahyoun, none of the proposed candidates were worthy of the presidential post.Geagea's candidacy was greeted with more hostility in Shiite neighborhoods – which tend to support Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun – as his past conviction for the murder of former Prime Minister Rashid Karami and other activities during the Civil War period, as well as his harsh stances toward Hezbollah, have rubbed some the wrong way.Garamani believes a presidential vacuum would be guaranteed, unless Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai directly intervenes and calls for a centrist candidate.Rashid Barbar, the owner of a lingerie store in Zalka, was more preoccupied with business than the election.
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