Officials from March 14 coalition gather during the weekly meeting in Ashrafieh, Lebanon, Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
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The March 14 political bloc circulated a petition Thursday calling on leaders to prevent any attempt to alter the Taif agreement at next week's dialog session, saying this would drag Lebanon into political uncertainty.March 14 General Secretariat member Nawfal Daou also considered the petition a warning to both March 14 representatives at the dialogue sessions and their political rivals.The Taif Accord, signed in 1989, brought about the end of the 15-year Civil War. Daou warned that Hezbollah may use any potential major conference as a means to recalibrate Lebanon's political formula and grab more power.The political powers will try to reach a package deal over key issues – including the election of a president, a new voting system and the shape of a new government.Lebanon has been without a president since the term of former President Michel Sleiman expired in May 2014 . In the absence of regional indicators, the upcoming dialogue sessions are not expected to yield any significant results. The Hezbollah-affiliated Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc issued a statement expressing hope that next week's dialogue would lead to positive results. Speaking to local media, Machnouk said that Lebanon might have a president before the end of the year.Daou dismissed such statements.
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