FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Free Patriotic Movement Leader Michel Aoun said Tuesday that there was no contradiction between his initiative to change the electoral process and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's road map to save the country from crisis, stressing the need to hold parliamentary polls before a presidential vote.Asked about the contradiction between Hariri's opinion that a president should be elected first and Aoun's call for the amendment of the constitution, the Maronite leader said his priority was to change the laws and elect a parliament.The FPM leader also renewed his party's commitment to the Orthodox Gathering law for parliamentary elections -- which is based on sects -- and to the idea of opening up the presidential election to the public, with a voting advantage given to Christians in a first round.Aoun has suggested that Christians vote in a first round, with the top two candidates then facing a public poll open to voters of all sects.
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