The main fountain at the Baabda Palace was turned off after Michel Sleiman left, signaling that the residence place of the Lebanese president is temporarily empty. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Positive developments in Baghdad could have a ripple effect in Lebanon, where the presidential vacuum continues to worry political leaders.The party will not, however, ask ally MP Michel Aoun to withdraw from the presidential race as long as the regional atmosphere is not conducive to a settlement.At this week's meeting between Jumblatt and Aoun, the Progressive Socialist Party leader tried to get Aoun to put forth his own proposals for resolving the presidential crisis, stressing that the political parties were ready to move toward any option agreed upon by the Christians, because the election of the president ensures cover for the military and security forces.
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