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 Monday hit back at critics of his road map, accusing the Christian Gathering of intentionally misrepresenting his initiative to break the presidential deadlock and stirring up tensions over the issue.In a statement Monday, the Christian Gathering -- a group of businessmen, politicians and Greek Orthodox clerics formerly known as the Orthodox Gathering -- blasted Hariri for rejecting MP Michel Aoun's controversial proposal to have the Lebanese public elect the president instead of relying on MPs.In a televised address last Friday, Hariri said a new president should be elected as soon as possible before the parliamentary elections scheduled for November, adding that he would hold contacts with various groups including his rivals to reach an agreement.
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