FPM leader Michel Aoun, right, receives Hezbollah officials Wafiq Safa and Hussein Khalil in Rabieh, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Hezbollah said Thursday it considered Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun a consensus presidential candidate, as the international community pressed the country's political class to end the nearly six-month vacuum in the top Christian seat.The meeting came hours after Aoun's Change and Reform bloc challenged before the Constitutional Council the extension law endorsed by Parliament last week.Last week, Parliament endorsed a law to extend its own mandate for another two years and seven months, after a similar move in 2013, when it renewed its term for 17 months.Khalil described divergent stances between Hezbollah and Aoun over extension of Parliament's term as a "trivial matter".The Constitutional Council has 30 days to look into the challenge, if no decision was made during this period, the extension law will automatically become valid.Former President Michel Sleiman and Aoun's bloc challenged the first extension law before the council, but the challenge was not discussed after Shiite and Druze council members, loyal to Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt, boycotted its sessions.
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