Hezbollah official Ammar Musawi, left, receives French presidential envoy Jean-Francois Girault in Beirut 's southern suburbs, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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The election of a new president has been put on the back burner for now as the entire world is preoccupied with fighting terrorism, political sources said Wednesday, heralding a prolonged vacuum in the country's top Christian post.The sources spoke as French presidential envoy Jean-Francois Girault Wednesday held a new round of talks for the second consecutive day with rival Lebanese factions on how to end the political deadlock that has left Lebanon without a president for more than eight months. Girault, head of the French Foreign Ministry's Middle East and North Africa Department, met Aoun at the latter's residence in Rabieh, before holding talks later with former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in the presence of a number of Future bloc lawmakers. He also met with Kataeb Party leader, former President Amine Gemayel. In addition to the situation in Lebanon and the region, Girault and Musawi discussed the presidential election issue and the efforts made by the French official in this respect either during his trips to some regional countries or in his talks with Lebanese officials and political leaders in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported.Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Girault, Gemayel said he presented an initiative in an attempt to break the presidential deadlock calling for the nomination of the four top Maronite leaders for the presidency. The four leaders are: Gemayel, Aoun, Geagea and Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh.
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