Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai receives former President Amin Gemayel, FPM leader Michel Aoun and Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh in Bkirki, Friday, March 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Maronite political leaders and the head of the Maronite Church in Lebanon reject any compromise over the presidential election and call on Speaker Nabih Berri to press ahead with a legislative session to elect Lebanon's next head of state, a Bkirki spokesperson said Saturday.Ghayyad was referring to a meeting Friday at Bkirki chaired by Patriarch Beshara Rai that brought together MP Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, Kataeb Party head Amine Gemayel, and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, who has taken part in similar meetings in the past, did not attend for security reasons but was briefed and approved the statement issued by Bkirki, Ghayyad said. In remarks published Saturday, Ghayyad said the Bkirki meeting aimed at exerting pressure on Berri to convene legislative sessions to elect a new president as soon as possible.
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