Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (L) talks to Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces, at Beirut Airport while waiting to fly to Qatar May 16, 2008. REUTERS/ Khalil Hassan
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Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, has said he is ready to attend a Parliament session to elect a president if the race were restricted to himself and Geagea, hinting that MP Walid Jumblatt's candidate, MP Michel Helou, should withdraw from the race.Geagea is the March 14 coalition's presidential nominee, while Aoun is the March 8 group's undeclared candidate. Aoun and some March 8 MPs, including Hezbollah, have boycotted the parliamentary sessions to elect a new president, arguing that such votes are futile unless parties agree beforehand on a consensus candidate. While welcoming the anticipated dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah, Geagea rejected attempting to solve the presidential impasse in that forum.
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