Free Patriotic Movement founder and Change and Reform parliamentary bloc leader Michel Aoun speaks during a commemoration in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, March 14, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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MP Michel Aoun Monday warned against electing a new president who does not enjoy wide representation within the Christian community in line with the National Pact's rules on power sharing between Muslims and Christians.The FPM, Hezbollah and some of its March 8 allies have argued that Aoun, who heads the largest Christian bloc in Parliament, is the strongest presidential candidate.Aoun, who is backed for the presidency against Frangieh by Hezbollah and some its March 8 allies and the Lebanese Forces following his historic reconciliation with LF chief Samir Geagea, said that since the top post became vacant on May 24, 2014, at the end of former President Michel Sleiman's six-year term, he has proposed the election of a president directly by the people or holding parliamentary polls before the presidential vote as a means of breaking the deadlock.Aoun's speech came a day after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil hinted that the FPM would take to the street if Parliament failed to elect Aoun president.
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