Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a televised speech in Beirut's southern suburbs, Friday, June 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday called for a multi-party effort to speed up the election of a new president, asking rival political leaders not to wait for developments in Iranian-Saudi ties to end the stalemate.Speaking during a ceremony commemorating late Sheikh Mustafa Qassir, Nasrallah also described the presidential election in Syria as "historic," saying that the president's win meant that any political solution should involve Bashar Assad. Lawmakers have struggled to reach a consensus on a single candidate with the March 14 coalition accusing Aoun and the March 8 of disrupting the election.Nasrallah also spoke extensively on the recent Syrian presidential election, saying millions of people turned out to vote despite mounting pressure on the regime.Assad was declared the winner of Tuesday's presidential election in a landslide victory, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote.Nasrallah, whose party fighters are engaged in battles alongside regime troops, said the election sent a message to the world that the Syrian government was capable of holding the election, and that Syrians were the only ones allowed to decide their future. Nasrallah's remarks were an indirect response to U.S. Secretary John Kerry who called on Iran, Hezbollah and Russia to end the Syrian conflict.
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