Kanaan meets with Berri in Ain al-Tineh, Monday, June 08, 2015. (Thee Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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BEIRUT: Hezbollah Monday presented the March 14 coalition with a bitter choice: either to elect Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun as president or face an indefinite presidential vacuum.The Hezbollah proposal immediately drew a rebuke from a Future Movement MP who rejected what he called "threats" made by Qassem over the presidential election deadlock. The Future Movement, along with its March 14 allies, supports Aoun's rival, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, for the presidency. Aoun will also guarantee that the transition of the country into a more positive phase of internal cooperation, Qassem said.In a quick response to the Hezbollah proposal, Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat said Qassem's remarks destroyed any chance for Aoun to reach the presidency. Lawmakers from Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah MPs and their March 8 allies have been blamed for thwarting a quorum by consistently boycotting parliamentary sessions.MP Ibrahim Kanaan from the FPM said he held "honest and constructive talks" with Berri over the issue of security appointments and other matters.
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