Rival Sunni politicians have agreed on backing Derian as the new grand mufti. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian is set to be elected Lebanon's new grand mufti Sunday after a 3-year-old dispute between Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani and the Future Movement was finally resolved.Speaking to The Daily Star, Sheikh Mohammad Anis Arwadi, a member of the Higher Islamic Council, said that talks to resolve the crisis had begun earlier this year.He explained that indirect negotiations had taken place between former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Nader Hariri, the director of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's office, on one side, and Qabbani on the other. One is headed by Qabbani and the other by former Minister Omar Miskawi.The electorate body which will elect the new grand mufti will comprise around 103 religious figures and prominent officials of the Sunni sect, including the current and former prime ministers.
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