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Declaring that the presidency issue is a top priority for the Future Movement, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri pledged Thursday to step up pressure aimed at ending the 21-month-long vacuum in the country's top Christian post.Both Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam sounded pessimistic about a Parliament session, scheduled for March 2, to elect a president.Berri said he was the first to call on parliamentary blocs to go to Parliament and elect a president even before MP Sleiman Frangieh announced his candidacy for the presidency.Hariri described the outcome of his talks with top Lebanese political leaders on the presidential deadlock as "excellent," emphasizing the need to push in the direction of heading to Parliament and electing a president.Hariri reiterated that his parliamentary Future bloc would attend all parliamentary sessions until a president is elected as it has done in the past 35 sessions that had failed over a lack of quorum. The Future Movement and its March 8 allies have accused MP Michel Aoun's bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and some of its March 8 allies of blocking the election of a president with their consistent boycott of Parliament sessions, thus preventing a quorum to convene the session.
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