A photo showing Prime Minister Tammam Salam and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri flanked by March 14 MPs at Parliament, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday blasted MP Michel Aoun for considering Parliament "illegitimate," saying the legislature is the master of its own decision and has extended its mandate twice. He said Aoun would consider Parliament legitimate only if he were elected president. Hariri, who returned to Beirut Tuesday night from a private visit to Paris and Riyadh to attend Wednesday's Parliament session to elect a president, signaled he was ready to meet with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah only after a new head of state is elected. Hariri was among the 62 lawmakers who showed up in Parliament, falling short of the two-thirds majority (86 of the 128 MPs) required for a quorum to convene the session.Hariri called on Free Patriotic Movement's lawmakers to officially elect a president instead of taking their demands to the streets to force a change in the current political situation.Aoun's remarks appeared to be directed at Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh who has been nominated for the presidency by Hariri as part of an initiative aimed at ending the 22-month long vacuum.
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