Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora chairs a meeting of the Future parliamentary bloc Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/ Dalati& Nohra, HO)
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The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc Tuesday blasted Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem for what it called his "dangerous and disgraceful" remarks on the yearlong presidential deadlock, accusing the party of blocking the election of a new president.Aoun, meanwhile, stuck to his guns, demanding that the Cabinet convene to exercise its prerogatives by approving security and military appointments, a contentious issue that has crippled government work and prompted Prime Minister Tammam Salam to suspend its meetings.The bloc, meeting under former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, warned that Hezbollah's attempt to impose Aoun as president of Lebanon is "a suicidal policy" that might lead to Lebanon's destruction.In a speech Monday, Qassem presented the Future Movement-led March 14 coalition with a bitter choice: either to elect Aoun as president or face an indefinite presidential vacuum. Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc called on the Cabinet to exercise its prerogatives by approving security and military appointments.A delegation of Future lawmakers visited former Presidents Michel Sleiman and Amine Gemayel to rally support against the FPM's attempts to paralyze the Cabinet over the issue of security appointments.
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