Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt meets with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to discuss regional and local events. (TDS/Hezbollah Media Office)
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MP Walid Jumblatt has held talks over the weekend with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on the presidential election, the Israeli war on Gaza and the turmoil in Syria and Iraq.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, fed up with Parliament's failure to choose a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, called for the election of a president who is not aligned with the March 8 and March 14 coalitions in a bid to break the 2-month-old presidential deadlock that has paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening the government's work.Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, met Nasrallah for more than two hours at a secret location in Beirut's southern suburbs Saturday night. Afif noted that while Hezbollah supported Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, Jumblatt backed Aley MP Henri Helou and the March 14 coalition's candidate is Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.Afif acknowledged political differences remained between Hezbollah and Jumblatt over the Syrian war, now in its fourth year. Rai called on lawmakers to elect a president from outside the March 8 and March 14 blocs, arguing that a neutral would end the political impasse.
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