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Future Movement MPs Sunday poured cold water on Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's conciliatory gesture toward former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, insisting that Parliament, and not the Hezbollah chief, is the body that nominates candidates for the premiership.The Future MPs' rebuff came a day after Nasrallah appeared to extend an olive branch to his bitter rival, Hariri, signaling that Hezbollah is ready to accept the head of the Future Movement as Lebanon's next prime minister as part of a deal that includes the election of MP Michel Aoun as president. MP Mohammad Qabbani, also from the Future bloc, said Hariri rejected any tradeoff between the presidency and premiership.Nasrallah's remarks were viewed as a signal that Hezbollah would accept Hariri's return to the premiership in exchange for the Future Movement's support for Aoun's presidential bid.Future MP Ahmad Fatfat also rejected Nasrallah's gesture, saying his party will not accept Hezbollah's conditions for Hariri's return to the premiership.Aoun, Hezbollah's sole candidate for the presidency and who is also backed by the Lebanese Forces and some March 8 groups, was reported to be counting on last-minute support from the Future bloc to boost his chances for being elected president in return for helping Hariri return to the premiership.
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