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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Lebanon is poised to slip into a presidential vacuum, as Parliament will be unable to elect a new president this week on schedule, political sources said Sunday, as the flurry of activity to break the deadlock shifted to Paris.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea agreed after their meeting in Paris Sunday on the need for the presidential election to be held on time, rejecting a vacuum in the country's top Christian post.It added that Hariri and Geagea also stressed the need for all lawmakers to participate in the Parliament sessions to elect a president.Geagea is still the March 14 candidate for the presidency as long as Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is the March 8 coalition's candidate, the sources said.Lebanese leaders scrambled to prevent the country falling into a presidential vacuum as a fresh bid by Parliament to elect a president remained undecided due to the vast rift over a compromise candidate.
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