MPs gather at Parliament to attend a presidential election session in Beirut, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale proposed a deal to Change and Reform bloc chief Michel Aoun in which MP Robert Ghanem or Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb would run for the presidency instead of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, political sources told The Daily Star.The offer was opposed by Aoun, who also rejected the prospect of running against Geagea in the election, although he told Hale that he was more popular with Christians than the LF leader and had a stronger chance of being elected to the presidency.The U.S. ambassador praises Aoun in all the events he participates in, though he declares that his country does not favor one candidate over another for the presidency, the sources said.
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