Hariri receives Frangieh in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh Wednesday vowed not to withdraw from the presidential race as long as a number of parliamentary blocs, including the Future Movement, support his candidacy.Hariri had supported Frangieh's presidential run after a November meeting in Paris.It reportedly caused rift between Hariri and his March 14 ally, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, who in turn endorsed the candidacy of his war-time rival Michel Aoun.Geagea has been long the March 14 coalition's main candidate.Hariri and Geagea both tried to present the divisions as baseless, stressing each group's right to "democratically" endorse the nomination of any possible candidate.
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