Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora attends the Arab Economic Forum in Beirut, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora Monday advised the Free Patriotic Movement to stop counting on a change of heart within the Future Movement to drop its support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's candidacy in favor of MP Michel Aoun's presidential bid.Siniora's remarks to The Daily Star were the clearest response so far from the head of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc to the FPM's long-standing bets on support from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to boost Aoun's chances for being elected as president. However, Shoukri's two days of talks with Lebanese leaders from both sides of the political spectrum had failed to make any breakthrough in the presidential deadlock, as the rival factions refused to budge on their conflicting positions on who should be Lebanon's next president.Siniora's remarks came as a number of lawmakers from Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc bombarded local TV stations and newspapers with statements that the FPM was still waiting for a final response from Hariri to the ongoing negotiations between the FPM and the Future Movement over the presidency issue, as well as to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's recent overture to Hariri over the premiership. Siniora said the Future Movement had made its maximum concessions in its attempt to resolve the presidential crisis.The other three leaders are Aoun, Frangieh and former President Amine Gemayel.
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