The main fountain at the Baabda Palace was turned off after Michel Sleiman left, signaling that the residence place of the Lebanese president is temporarily empty. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Foreign officials have decided that the top post in Lebanon should be filled, so that the state can take responsibility for the threats facing Lebanon and grant political cover to the Army as it battles extremist groups.The sources said the March 14 initiative on presidential polls, which voiced the group's readiness to elect a consensus candidate, was not different from Berri's view.According to prominent sources, the most promising consensus candidate at this time is former Minister Jean Obeid, who has the support of Berri, Hariri and MP Walid Jumblatt. This is crucial not only for facing the present security threats but also for receiving the promised aid.
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