Hezbollah and FPM lawmakers speak at a joint press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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MP Michel Aoun's latest initiative to resolve the yearlong presidential crisis appeared Wednesday to have reached a dead end, with the Future Movement, backed by its March 14 allies, opposing any constitutional amendment to allow for the president to be elected directly by the people.The development comes as MPs from Aoun's Change and Reform bloc met Wednesday with lawmakers from Hezbollah and the Future Movement as part of an attempt to lobby parliamentary blocs on the Free Patriotic Movement leader's presidential proposal. Majdalani, who was among Future MPs attending the meeting with the FPM delegation, said the election of a president by the people, as demanded by Aoun, requires an amendment of the Constitution.MP Alain Aoun from Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc said the FPM delegation had "very frank dialogue" with the Future MPs.Aoun proposed four options to solve the presidential crisis: In the first a president could be elected directly by the people in two rounds of voting, first by Christians, and then by all Lebanese.Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk is scheduled to meet Aoun Thursday to discuss with him the issue of security and military appointments.
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