File - FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun is fighting for his legacy as he displays military cunning in the battle for the presidency, possibly the last battle of his political career, parliamentary sources told The Daily Star.Aoun suggested that only Christians would vote in a first round, with the top two candidates then facing a vote by the general public.FPM lawmakers say that the proposal for the new law stems from Aoun's long-held conviction that direct elections are the best means of improving Christian political representation, especially after the failure of Parliament to agree on a new parliamentary election law that would represent Christians more fairly than under the current law.The FPM sources also played down efforts by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai and the "so-called moderate" political figures to convince Aoun to back down.
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