File - MP Walid Jumblatt, left, and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri are seen in this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. (The Daily Star)
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MP Walid Jumblatt is expected to meet former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris in the next 48 hours in the latest flurry of political activity aimed at breaking the presidential stalemate, political sources said Sunday.With Parliament having failed for six times since April 23 to pick a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, Hariri and Jumblatt are likely to search for a consensus candidate in an attempt to break the presidential deadlock that has already paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening the Cabinet's work, a political source told The Daily Star.Abu Faour said his party appreciated Hariri's efforts to overcome the Cabinet deadlock.Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun dismissed reports that he would travel to Paris this week for talks with Hariri on the presidential election. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, has been holding talks with Hariri on the presidential election."Aoun will not announce any new position on the presidential election issue because nothing new has happened," the sources said. They added that contacts between Aoun and Hariri, led by Bassil and Nader Hariri, chief of Hariri's office, were still ongoing.
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