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Hale visited Baabda Palace seeking Sleiman's extensionU.S. Ambassador David Hale visited Baabda Palace recently to discuss a proposal by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai that called for extending President Michel Sleiman's term. The proposal, however, cannot see the light given Sleiman's insistence that he leave office at the end of his term and also due to Hezbollah's and MP Michel Aoun's strong rejection. Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai told a meeting in Bkirki Wednesday that the management of Christian affairs by Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea was a "suicidal management" that had killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of Christians.Aoun will ask a high price to avoid a power vacuum
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