Jumblatt linked his support for another extension of Parliament's term to the election of a president. (AP/Hussein Malla)
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With minorities facing death and persecution at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Lebanon's Christians must lay aside their rivalries and agree on who should fill the vacant presidency, MP Walid Jumblatt has warned.Walid Jumblatt, the most influential figure in Lebanon's Druze community, says he is as alarmed as anyone by the rise of the radical Islamist group guided by a puritanical vision of Islam that is a major threat to religious minorities including his own. Jumblatt said Christian leaders in Lebanon, itself the target of a deadly incursion by ISIS fighters from Syria this month, needed to recognize the danger of what is going on the region and agree on a new head of state. Lebanon's presidency, the only one reserved for a Christian in the Arab world, has been vacant since May, when Michel Sleiman's term ended. Hezbollah's political foes, including Hariri, still say its role in Syria has provoked Sunni Islamist attacks in Lebanon.
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