FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Rabieh, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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MP Michel Aoun vowed Friday to keep pushing for the presidential seat, defying former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's call for the election of a consensus candidate as the only solution to break the six-month-old presidential impasse.The FPM enjoys the widest Christian following and Change and Reform is the largest Christian bloc in Parliament, he added, hinting that he was the only viable candidate for the presidency, which has been vacant for over six months.Aoun's comments came one day after Hariri said a consensus candidate was the only solution to end the presidential deadlock in the country. In an interview with LBCI TV at his Paris residence Thursday night, Hariri said Aoun could not be elected president because he was opposed by the March 14 coalition, which has nominated his Christian rival, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, for the presidency. Aoun, whose bloc along with that of Hezbollah and March 8 allies have thwarted a quorum in Parliament since April to choose a president, vowed not to facilitate the election of a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25 .Nonetheless, Aoun believed the Future-led March 14 could work with Aoun better than any other Christian leader.
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