PSP leader Walid Jumblatt visits former Minister Ghazi Aridi in Baysour, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt are working together on a political compromise to break the 3-month-old presidential stalemate, both leaders said Sunday.Commenting on a draft proposal by MP Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement to amend the Constitution to allow the president to be elected via a popular vote, Berri said this matter could be discussed by Parliament only when it starts its ordinary session on Oct. 21 .Earlier in the day, Jumblatt said he was working with Berri, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and other politicians to reach a compromise to resolve the presidential crisis, warning that a vacuum in the top Christian post was destructive for the country.Jumblatt, whose Progressive Socialist Party has nominated Aley MP Henri Helou as its candidate for the presidency, has reached out to rival political leaders, including Berri, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Nasrallah and Aoun to discuss how to break the presidential stalemate that has paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening to cripple the government's work.
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