In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 photo, Christian lawmaker Sleiman Frangieh prepares to enter the parliament building fors the National Dialogue meeting between Lebanese political leaders, in downtown Beirut. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Efforts will be intensified in the next few days to salvage former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's initiative aimed at ending the 19-month-old presidential vacuum, Future Movement MPs said Monday.Meanwhile, a Parliament session, scheduled for Wednesday to choose a president, is destined to fail like the previous 32 sessions over a lack of quorum, dashing hopes for the election of MP Sleiman Frangieh for the country's top Christian post, before the end of the year. Future Movement MPs denied that Hariri's initiative that would elect Frangieh as Lebanon's next president and return Hariri to the premiership had unraveled.Hariri Sunday stood firm on his support for Frangieh's nomination for the presidency, defying opposition from the March 8 and March 14 camps to the Marada Movement leader's presidential bid.Hariri is backing Frangieh's nomination as part of an initiative to reach a comprehensive settlement to end the presidential void and revive the work of Parliament and the government paralyzed by the power vacuum.Chehayeb, who belongs to MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc which supports Frangieh's presidential bid, said the rival politicians have agreed to obstruct a settlement to elect a president who would put an end to the era of "fatal obstruction".
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