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Rai to meet Hariri in Paris over election: report

File photo of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will reportedly discuss the presidential election with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris as fears grew over Parliament’s ability to promptly elect a new head of state.

The Beirut daily An-Nahar said Rai will travel from Rome to Paris Tuesday and will possibly meet Hariri while he is in the French capital.

A senior Future Movement source has told The Daily Star that MP Michel Aoun should not bet on Hariri’s support for his presidential bid.

The source also denied reports that Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun’s son-in-law, met Hariri in Paris Monday in a last-ditch attempt to prod the head of the Future Movement into endorsing the FPM leader’s candidacy.

Aoun, a longtime presidential hopeful, was reportedly waiting for the final word from Hariri regarding the Future bloc’s support.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour returned home late Monday after a meeting with Hariri in Jeddah.

Abu Faour was dispatched by Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt to Saudi Arabia to discuss elections with Hariri.

 

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