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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The content of a roadmap announced by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to safeguard Lebanon received mixed reactions over the weekend, with Hezbollah implicitly retorting that it didn't need any consensus to pursue its role in defending Lebanon.While the Free Patriotic Movement came out with a lukewarm reaction saying Hariri's initiative did not offer a real breakthrough, the Lebanese Forces and the spokesman of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai considered it a tool to break the impasse over the presidency.Aoun, an FPM official, described Hariri's roadmap as "contradictory," saying Hariri cannot claim to support coexistence and parity when he attacks the FPM initiative that calls for electing a new president by direct popular vote.The MP said Hariri's argument that "Christian accord" was needed to elect a new president was counterproductive.
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