Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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With no solution in sight to the presidential crisis, all eyes are focused on a keynote speech to be delivered by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Sunday in which he is expected to highlight his ongoing efforts to put an end to the 20-month-long vacuum, Future Movement sources said Friday.There has been media speculation that Hariri is expected to officially endorse MP Sleiman Frangieh's candidacy for the presidency during his speech.Frangieh has emerged as a strong candidate for the presidency since his landmark meeting with Hariri in Paris in November as part of an internationally backed initiative launched by the head of the Future Movement to end the presidential vacuum and revive the work of Parliament and the government, long paralyzed by the deadlock.However, Frangieh's presidential bid has been bogged down by vehement opposition from the three main Christian parties: The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb Party. Last month's surprise endorsement by LF chief Samir Geagea of his wartime foe, MP Michel Aoun, for the presidency has also thrown Frangieh's bid into confusion. Frangieh has vowed not to withdraw from the presidency race in favor of Aoun. But he said he would bow out from the race only if Hariri decided to back Aoun.
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