File - Lebanese women kiss a picture of newly elected President, Michel Sleiman, in Beirut May 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Khalil Hassan)
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Saturday may be the last day of President Michel Sleiman's six-year term in office, but it is unlikely to be the end of his political career.The gathering would initially compromise figures from Jbeil, Kesrouan and Metn that were close to Sleiman when he served as a president, the sources said.Pointing to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt's speech over the weekend praising centrism, the sources said it was also possible that a wide centrist political alliance would emerge in the future comprising Sleiman, former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Jumblatt and possibly Speaker Nabih Berri and former President Amine Gemayel.Sleiman could join the government along with Gemayel, Mikati, Jumblatt, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and others.A source close to Sleiman told The Daily Star that the president would address the Lebanese people in a farewell speech at Baabda Palace Saturday, the last day of his term.A man sitting at Qsaymi's house, who asked to remain anonymous, said Sleiman was the president of the entire republic and could not work only for his village.
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