Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (C), Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh and Marada official Youssef Saadeh meet in Rabieh, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/FPM office, HO)
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With the battle over the presidency still raging, both March 14 and March 8 blocs appear ready to play the waiting game until regional and internal developments tilt the scales decisively in one direction or the other.Speaking to The Daily Star, a high-ranking Hezbollah official blamed March 14 for obstructing the election, accusing the alliance of failing to nominate a serious candidate or reciprocate overtures from Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun despite Riyadh's seeming ambivalence.Regarding ongoing talksbetween Aoun and the Future Movement, the official described the negotiations as "very serious".However, a March 14 official indicated that the coalition is prepared to weather a lengthy presidential vacuum, as the heated internal debate continues over whether the group should continue to support Geagea as its only candidate.The Hezbollah official said party leadership was closely watching regional developments that could help secure Lebanon's stability, and pushing its allies toward direct communication with their rivals in order to secure national consensus on critical issues such as the presidential vacuum and the election of a new president.
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