Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, receives LF leader Samir Geagea in Paris, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Sunday agreed on the necessity of holding the presidential election before the constitutional deadlines expires, and rejected vacuum in the post of the president.Political sources told The Daily Star that in light of the impossibility of intra-Christian accord, various political groups had come to realize that a consensus candidate was the best way to avert vacuum.The sources said that as a first step toward that goal, the March 14 leaders were seriously discussing how to convince Geagea to withdraw from the race and back a consensus candidate that all groups across the political divide could accept.The sources said that such an agreement with Geagea would pave the way for Hariri to discuss the idea of a consensus candidate with Aoun. Geagea was the first to announce his presidential candidacy.
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