Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads the weekly meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Local and international officials warned Wednesday against the presidential vacuum that has been gripping Lebanon for more than three months, calling for the speedy election of a head of state.Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi highlighted the need to preserve Lebanon's unity and stability during talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt in Cairo.Sisi and Jumblatt touched on the repercussions of Syria's crisis in Lebanon, particularly in light of the presidential vacuum in Lebanon since May 25 .Lebanon plunged into a presidential vacuum after the term of President Michel Sleiman expired in May.The March 14 coalition has voiced its support for Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea for the presidency, while the March 8 alliance backs his rival, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.In a bid to break the presidential deadlock, the March 14 coalition offered Tuesday to strike a deal with its March 8 rivals on a consensus candidate other than Aoun and Geagea.
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