Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian speaks at his house in Beirut, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Union of Beirut Families visited the head of the Higher Sunni Religious Court, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, Wednesday, in a show of support for his candidacy for grand mufti post -- the highest official of religious law in the Sunni sect."We want unity, we want to unite, and we know you are the man of the hour, and the sect is with you," Zeidan said.For his part, Derian lauded Beirut's diverse social fabric, claiming that it was the versatility of religions and sects that distinguished the capital. Derian also said that he was coordinating efforts with religious leaders from various sects to prevent religious strife, especially Sunni-Shiite discord, stressing that he would stand in the face of whoever called for such a conflict.Separately, Dar al-Fatwa's media office denied reports that Qabbani backed Derian as his successor.
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