Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks in Beirut, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has urged Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to bring together the two rival presidential candidates, MPs Michel Aoun and Sleiman Frangieh, to try to convince one of them to bow out of the race, in the latest attempt to end the 2-year-old vacuum in the country's top Christian post. Hariri's proposal came in response to Hezbollah's deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem's statement Saturday saying that the Future Movement should engage in dialogue with Aoun, Hezbollah's sole candidate for the presidency, to end the presidential void, which last week entered its third year with no solution in sight.In a televised speech last week, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah also urged the Future Movement to negotiate with Aoun, the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, over the presidential crisis.Frangieh, who was nominated by Hariri for the presidency last year as part of an internationally backed initiative to end the power vacuum, welcomed Hariri's proposal.
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