Rai receives a delegation from Hezbollah in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Sharp differences emerged Friday during a meeting between a Hezbollah delegation and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai after the party said it was adamant on backing MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, rejecting any alternative candidate, according to Bkirki sources.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sayyed said Aoun, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, remained Hezbollah's sole candidate for president.In response to Hezbollah's unyielding support for Aoun, Rai cited during the meeting three priorities which he said could help break the presidential deadlock: Either all candidates, including Aoun and Geagea, go down to Parliament to seek lawmakers' support, or let Aoun and Geagea withdraw from the presidency race, or let the FPM and LF leaders agree on a consensus candidate, a source who participated in the Bkirki meeting told The Daily Star.Rai told the Hezbollah delegation that if Aoun won the votes of 57 to 60 lawmakers during the election session, he pledged to seek to obtain the votes of additional lawmakers in order to secure a majority for the FPM leader, the source added.
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