Former Prime Minister and Future Movement head Saad Hariri. (The Daily Star Photo)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Sunday stood firm on his support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's nomination for the presidency, overriding opposition from both the March 8 and March 14 camps to the Marada Movement leader's presidential bid.Sunday's was the second phone contact between the two leaders since Frangieh emerged as a strong presidential candidate following his meeting with the former prime minister in Paris last month.The phone call with Frangieh came a day after Hariri spoke by phone for about an hour with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, who staunchly opposes the Marada Movement leader's presidential bid, to discuss the deadlock. LF MP Antoine Zahra said an internationally backed initiative supporting Frangieh's nomination for the presidency has been bogged down as a result of objections from both sides of the political divide, ruling out a breakthrough in the presidential deadlock before the end of the year.MP Walid Jumblatt criticized rival factions, blaming them for obstructing Frangieh's presidential bid.Jumblatt, who supports Frangieh's nomination, implicitly criticized Hezbollah's silence on the Zghorta MP's bid.Implicitly referring to Frangieh's presidential bid, Gemayel said the Kataeb Party would only support a candidate whose political blueprint conformed with the party's blueprint.
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