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Maronite figures meet Rai in Bkirki

File - FPM leader Michel Aoun, left, shakes hands with Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: Three Maronite political figures Friday met with Cardinal Beshara Rai in Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite Church.

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun, head of the Kataeb party former President Amine Gemayel and MP Suleiman Franjieh, head of the Marada Movement, met with Rai.

Media reports said Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea did not attend the meeting for security reasons.

The meeting comes days after Lebanon entered the two-month constitutional period for Parliament to elect a new president, during which the speaker is expected to convene the Parliament to nominate a candidate for the post.

President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ends on May 25.

A committee of lawmakers from Speaker Nabih Berri’s parliamentary bloc have so far held consultations with Geagea, Aoun and Gemayel over the spring election. The committee is expected to hold talks with the various political factions.

Rai has urged Berri to hold a legislative session as soon as possible so that MPs can begin voting on a new president.

Speaking after his meeting with the committee, Geagea told reporters that Berri would schedule a legislative session in accordance with the results of the committee meetings.





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