Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks on a TV screen during an Iftar held at BIEL in Beirut, Friday, July 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday outlined a road map to safeguard Lebanon's stability and protect it from the reverberations of the turmoil in Syria and Iraq, by calling for the election of a new president and the withdrawal of Hezbollah from the war in Syria.Hariri stressed that breaking the two-month-old presidential stalemate was the key to holding parliamentary polls scheduled in November, while strongly rejecting any attempts to renew Parliament's mandate. Hariri warned of a danger threatening the presidency if the Lebanese get accustomed to the absence of the Christian president's role.Hariri's proposed road map also called for forming a new government after the election of a president like the current government, that would work with the new prime minister to face challenges and organize parliamentary elections.Hariri, who has been living out of Lebanon for more than three years for security reasons, said he would return to Lebanon soon.
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