Hariri receives Frangieh in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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MP Sleiman Frangieh said Wednesday he would remain a presidential candidate as long as he enjoyed the support of parliamentary blocs, vowing not to embarrass former Prime Minister Saad Hariri by quitting the race.Hariri visited Speaker Nabih Berri and stressed that he wanted to end Lebanon's presidential vacuum at any cost, denying that efforts in this regard were motivated by his interest in becoming a prime minister again. Meanwhile, the trash crisis dominated the talks of Wednesday's national dialogue meeting and is expected to top Thursday's Cabinet session as well. Later, Hariri visited Berri at his Ain al-Tineh residence and said afterward that he wanted a new president for Lebanon at any cost.Hariri dismissed reports that his interest in becoming a new prime minister again was behind his efforts to end presidential vacuum.Hariri explained that it was MPs who nominate the new prime minister.At his Downtown residence, Hariri received British Ambassador-designate Hugo Shorter who voiced hope after the meeting that the Future Movement leader's return would help end the presidential crisis. The news sparked a heated argument between Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel during the dialogue session.Berri set a new dialogue session for March 9 .
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