Marada Party leader Sleiman Frangieh. (The The Daily Star/Marada media office, HO)
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The Amal Movement's support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's presidential candidacy remained firm, a March 8 source told The Daily Star Thursday, leaving any resolution to the postponed election distant.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea surprised the political establishment Monday by endorsing FPM leader Michel Aoun for president, but with four days' perspective, the electoral landscape does not appear to have much changed.Frangieh has the support of the Future Movement, the Progressive Socialist Party and Amal, while Aoun can count the Lebanese Forces and Hezbollah on his side. Geagea Wednesday challenged Hezbollah to rally the March 8 bloc behind Aoun, calling it the party's "moment of truth".Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai praised Geagea's decision to endorse his war-time rival Aoun to the state's top Christian post. Though the Kataeb are March 14, they have declined to endorse Frangieh.The Future Movement surprised the political establishment by supporting Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh in a bid to end the presidential vacuum. But the gesture pushed Geagea into the arms of Aoun.
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