Siniora attends the Saydet al-Jabal meeting Sunday, August 31 2014. (The Daily Star/ Mahmoud Kheir)
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Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called Sunday for the election of a new president who can achieve inter-Lebanese reconciliation and who is not biased toward regional or international powers, in what appeared to be an implicit rejection of MP Michel Aoun's bid for the presidency.Addressing a gathering of March 14 Christian and Muslim lawmakers and other independent figures and political activists at a hotel in Ashrafieh, Siniora also lashed out at Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants, who he said are committing "ugly crimes" against humanity in Iraq and Syria under the banner of Islam. The meeting was held by "Saydet al-Jabal Gathering," which comprises leading Christian parties and politicians, and was established to struggle against the Syrian military occupation in Lebanon. Referring to the political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than three months, Siniora said: "We believe that the required president is the one who symbolizes the country's unity, a wise and just president who can bring the Lebanese together and who believes in the Taif Accord and respects the Constitution. Siniora implicitly criticized Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria.
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