Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad. (Archive Photo/The Daily Star)
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Hezbollah Sunday stood firm on its support for MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, defying local and foreign calls for the election of a consensus candidate to end the deadlock that has left Lebanon without a head of state for nearly 10 months.MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah's bloc in Parliament, said his party was confident that the presidential vacuum would eventually be filled with a candidate who would safeguard the resistance.The March 14 coalition, led by the Future Movement, has rejected Aoun's candidacy, arguing that he cannot be viewed as a consensus candidate for the presidency because of his alliance with Hezbollah.A defiant Aoun has vowed not to withdraw from the presidential race, contending that because he headed the largest Christian bloc in Parliament, he was the most qualified candidate for the presidency.Future MP Mohammad Qabbani warned that Aoun's insistence on seeking the presidency was blocking an agreement between the March 8 and March 14 parties to elect a president.
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