File - Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt says the Sunni leadership’s moderation does not change the fact that the Sunni grass-roots are slipping into extremism. (AP Photo/File/Hussein Malla)
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Druze leader Walid Jumblatt appears to be making progress in his fight to bring all Lebanese factions together to elect a new president, with a surprising proposal that is nonetheless gaining traction.Jumblatt has proposed a one-time constitutional amendment to shorten the presidential term to three years in exchange for electing a president from outside the March 8 and March 14 political coalitions, an informed political source told The Daily Star. Jumblatt has reportedly taken to calling this interim three-year president a "salvation president" in an effort to convey the importance of electing a new head of state.According to the source, the meeting between Aoun and Jumblatt in Rabieh was not entirely positive, as Aoun continues to cling to the idea of direct elections in two phases.
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