File - Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Political sources following up on the recent communication between Aoun and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that despite the recent positive steps, the new direction has so far not led to the Future Movement deciding whether or not to support Aoun in the presidential election due to be held before May 25 .These same sources ruled out the prospect that four prominent Maronite political leaders – Aoun, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh – would make it to the presidency for several reasons but largely due to their inability to put aside their rivalries and agree on one candidate.It is impossible to hand over the presidency to any of the four, particularly Aoun and Geagea, but nevertheless they are likely to fight to stay close to Baabda and in the process risk pushing Lebanon into a presidential vacuum at a time when it needs stability most, the sources said.
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