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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Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh Thursday officially declared that he was a candidate for Lebanon's presidency, but denied he was splitting from his longtime ally Michel Aoun.It was the first time Frangieh explicitly acknowledged that he was seeking the presidency since he emerged as a potential candidate following a secret meeting with Future Movement leader Saad Hariri in Paris last month.Frangieh revealed that he had told Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Speaker Nabih Berri that he was going to visit with Hariri ahead of his visit, but did not tell Aoun.The reported deal for Frangieh to become president in exchange for Hariri, a former prime minister, to return to the premiership has faced some resistance from within the March 14 coalition over Frangieh's close ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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