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MP Sleiman Frangieh's chances for being elected president faded after Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk's revelations that Britain, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia played key roles in his nomination, MP Walid Jumblatt said Sunday night.In a wide-ranging interview with the LBCI channel, the Progressive Socialist Party leader also said resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi's stunning victory in last month's municipal polls in Tripoli was part of efforts to whittle down ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Although Frangieh is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Jumblatt said the Marada Movement leader might not be accepted by the Syrian regime because he went to Paris for a meeting with Hariri rather than come to Damascus.Last November, Hariri nominated Frangieh for the presidency as a part of an internationally backed initiative to end the power vacuum. Frangieh is also backed by Speaker Nabih Berri, Jumblatt and some independent lawmakers. Frangieh is standing against MP Michel Aoun, who is supported by Hezbollah and some of its March 8 allies as well as the LF. Both Aoun and Frangieh belong to the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition.
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