Frangieh warned that if a political settlement backing his bid fails Lebanon would heading toward the unknown.
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Presidential candidate MP Sleiman Frangieh said Sunday he would bow out from the race if former Prime Minister Saad Hariri decided to back MP Michel Aoun for the country's top Christian post.According to Al-Jadeed, Hariri and Frangieh agreed on three main goals: Frangieh, a key figure in the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance, would be elected president in return for someone from the March 14 coalition to be named prime minister, heading a national unity government.Further adding to the uncertainty of Frangieh's presidential bid was last month's surprise endorsement by LF chief Samir Geagea of his wartime foe, Aoun, for the presidency, in a dramatic move aimed basically at undermining the Marada Movement leader's candidacy, which is backed by Hariri and his Future bloc, Speaker Nabih Berri's bloc, MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc and some independent lawmakers.It added that Hariri said there was nothing new in the presidential election.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said there was no justification for blocking the election of a president after two leaders have declared their candidacy for the presidency, in a reference to Frangieh and Aoun.
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