MP Fouad Siniora, center, reveals the March 14 coalition's new initiative to break the deadlock over the presidential election on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The March 14 coalition is ready to hold direct talks with all Lebanese parties – even Hezbollah – on a consensus presidential candidate, after the group announced what it described as a national compromise initiative.Minutes before Siniora spoke, MPs failed for the 11th time to elect a new president with many March 8 coalition lawmakers failing to show up to secure quorum for the session. MP Michel Aoun's bloc, along with Hezbollah, has boycotted the sessions to elect a new president, saying such attempts are futile without an agreement on a nominee. Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan asked his rivals in the March 8 coalition to meet "us halfway," saying his group was ready to hold direct talks with Hezbollah as part of the initiative.After the March 14 announcement, Geagea gave a news conference with March 14 coordinator Fares Soueid.
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