File - Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (L) talks to Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces, at Beirut Airport while waiting to fly to Qatar May 16, 2008. REUTERS/ Khalil Hassan
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Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon's two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea – is, at this point, capable of garnering an absolute majority of votes in Parliament to be elected as the new head of state, Aoun looks to be impermeable to finding alternatives to break the deadlock.Free Patriotic Movement sources said Aoun's son-in-law Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will meet high ranking officials in the Vatican Monday to brief them about Aoun's point of view regarding the presidential election and the pressure being exerted to force him to leave the race.Basbous retires on June 5 while Kahwagi retires on Sept. 23 .Gen. Chamel Roukoz, head of the Army's Commando Unit, to replace Kahwagi as Army commander.
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