LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Monday, April 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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MP Michel Aoun's betting on the Future Movement's support for his presidency bid is misplaced, a senior Future source said Monday, as doubts increased about Parliament's ability to elect a new head of state on time.Aoun, a longtime presidential aspirant, was reported to be waiting for a final word from Hariri regarding the Future bloc's support to decide on whether he would run for the presidency.The Future Movement and its March 14 allies have backed Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's candidacy for the presidency since the first Parliament session last week.Reiterating March 14 support for Geagea's candidacy, the source ruled out the possibility of the presidential election being held on time before May 25 to avoid a vacuum in the presidency.Geagea, the March 14-backed candidate, won 48 votes against 52 blank ballots cast by lawmakers from Aoun's bloc and March 8 parties, while 16 lawmakers voted for MP Henry Helou from Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc.Salam urged Arab tourists to return to Lebanon and experience for themselves the security his Cabinet imposed on the country.For his part, Geagea warned against obstructing the presidential vote and urged all parties to attend Wednesday's session to elect a new president.
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