Berri receives Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab at his Ain al-Tineh residence.
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Speaker Nabih Berri, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and MP Walid Jumblatt are firm in their support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's candidacy, senior political sources said Tuesday, dealing a setback to MP Michel Aoun's presidential chances and ruling out an imminent Parliament electoral session.Geagea's endorsement of Aoun's candidacy is primarily aimed at wrecking the Marada Movement leader's presidential chances, especially after the LF leader called on his allies in the March 14 coalition, led by the Future Movement, to rally behind Aoun's bid.After Geagea's announcement, Frangieh vowed to stay in the presidency race, in a challenge to the LF leader's endorsement of Aoun's candidacy.Geagea's decision to back Aoun came as Hariri's initiative supporting Frangieh's presidential bid has been stalled after drawing vehement opposition from the three main Christian parties: FPM, LF and the Kataeb Party. Despite Frangieh's continued candidacy, Geagea sounded optimistic about Aoun's election as president. He also said that Frangieh would eventually back Aoun for presidency as he has always been true to his word
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