MP Samir Jisr, left, former premier Fouad Siniora, Hariri and MP Atef Majdalani attending the weekly bloc meeting at Hariri’s Downtown residence.(The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday urged Hezbollah and its March 8 allies to end their boycott of Parliament sessions, in the second such plea in two days, stressing that only the swift election of a new president would put Lebanon on the right track.Hariri said that the most important thing the Lebanese should work to achieve is the presidential election.Significantly, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah did not touch on any internal topics in a speech televised Tuesday marking the party's "Martyred Leaders' Day". He did not mention the presidential election nor did he respond to Hariri's diatribe against the party. Frangieh's nomination for the presidency followed his landmark meeting with Hariri at the latter's residence in Paris in November as part of an internationally backed initiative launched by Hariri to end the presidential vacuum and revive the work of the government and Parliament.Hariri's comments came one day after he unexpectedly met with Geagea at his north Lebanon residence in Maarab, clearing the air between the two sides following differences over the presidency and a comment by the former premier on inter-Christian reconciliation.
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