Minister Ali Hasan Khalil speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Tuesday called for a "national understanding" in Lebanon to move forward with the election of a president, one day after Michel Aoun received the unlikely endorsement of his rival Samir Geagea.Geagea, up until Frangieh's nomination, was the March 14 coalition's official candidate, while Aoun was March 8's candidate. Both Geagea and Aoun showed staunch opposition to Hariri's initiative. Khalil did not explicitly say he was backing Aoun, nor has his party officially endorsed Hariri's initiative to elect Frangieh.
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