Marada Movement chief Sleiman Frangieh waves as he arrives to a national dialogue meeting in Ain al-Tineh, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Aoun, head of the Free Patriotic Movement's parliamentary bloc who is backed by Hezbollah for the presidency, and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt were both absent from Wednesday's dialogue, which was launched in September.Gemayel in a speech last week outright rejected voting for a March 8 candidate, ruling out his party's backing of either Aoun or Frangieh.Helou is Jumblatt's official candidate for the presidency, although he also backs Frangieh.In a statement, Geagea, who has boycotted the dialogue from the start as he believes it will lead to no results, reiterated that his reconciliation with Aoun was a national agreement and not just a Christian one, as it involved a March 8 and March 14 member. He was replying to Berri, who had said that the endorsement of Aoun by Geagea was not enough to solve the presidency crisis.
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