Hariri meets a delegation of Future Movement doctors that visited him at his Beirut downtown residence Monday, April 11, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Dalati& Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday lambasted Hezbollah and MP Michel Aoun, accusing them of blocking the election of a president, while renewing his support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's presidential bid. He also called on Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea to drop his support for Aoun and instead endorse Frangieh's candidacy, a move that he said would embarrass Hezbollah. Earlier in the day, Hariri lashed out at Hezbollah and Aoun, blaming them for the 23-month-long presidential vacuum by preventing Parliament from meeting to choose a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended in May 2014 .Hariri pointed out that Hezbollah does not want the presidential election now and continues to block it.In addition to Hariri, Frangieh's presidential bid is also supported by Berri, MP Walid Jumblatt and some independent lawmakers.In what appeared to be a response to Hariri's accusations, MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah's bloc in Parliament, said those preventing putting an end to the presidential vacuum do not want a debate on an electoral law.
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