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Hariri says presidential vacuum can be avoided

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with Patriarch Beshara Rai in Paris, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri told Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai that he absolutely rejected a power vacuum occurring in Lebanon and called on various Lebanese factions to double efforts to elect a Lebanese president before May 25.

“If all Lebanese factions who say that they respect constitutional deadlines are being honest, this means that the Lebanese can avoid a vacuum [in the presidential post],” Hariri was quoted as saying by his media office.

Hariri and Rai discussed the presidential election and recent developments with during a meeting in Paris, Hariri’s media office said in a statement.

Earlier, Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the second session to elect a new president for lack of quorum. Parliament will convene again on May 7 in a third attempt to elect a new head on state.

Several politicians have converged to Hariri’s residence in Paris in the last 48 hours to discuss the presidential election. On Tuesday, Hariri discussed the election for a little bit more than 5 hours with Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil and Education Minister Elias Abu Saab, who were dispatched by Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.





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