LF leader Samir Geagea, left, receives MP Ibrahim Kanaan in Maarab, Monday, April 8, 2013. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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A Free Patriotic Movement delegation met Monday with key Christian leaders, including Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, in a bid to promote FPM chief Michel Aoun's latest initiative to break the yearlong presidential vacuum amid difficulties facing the initiative.Rai told the FPM MPs that any initiative that facilitates the election of a president is worthy of discussion. A member of the delegation described the Christian parties' response to Aoun's initiative as "positive," saying that "the Christians cannot reject what we propose to them in a rude manner". However, he said he did not expect other political parties, particularly the Future Movement, to support Aoun's initiative. Kanaan stressed that three of Aoun's four proposals to break the presidential stalemate do not need an amendment of the Constitution.MP Marwan Hamadeh, a member of MP Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc, dismissed Aoun's proposals, saying they were meant to obstruct the election of a president.
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