Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at his Rabieh residence on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Long-simmering tensions between March 8 Christian allies over the presidency burst out into the open Monday with MP Michel Aoun criticizing the nomination of MP Sleiman Frangieh, as the latter Monday defended his presidential bid in the face of opposition from the country's three main Christian parties.Earlier Monday, Frangieh defended his presidential bid, saying he would reject Aoun's candidacy if it was meant to obstruct his own nomination. It was Frangieh's strongest and clearest statement on his presidential aspirations since his nomination gained momentum last week. The statement came in light of media reports that Bassil's meeting with Frangieh had failed to defuse tensions between Aoun and the Marada leader over the latter's presidential ambitions.It was not immediately clear whether the cancellation of the meeting, during which Aoun often comments on important local issues, including the presidential deadlock, was linked to tensions over Frangieh's nomination.Hezbollah, which has refrained from commenting on Frangieh's presidential bid, reiterated its support for Aoun as its sole candidate for the presidency.
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