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Supporters of Free Patriotic Movement founder Gen. Michel Aoun stood for hours Monday, eyes locked on TV screens in anticipation of the moment Speaker Nabih Berri would announce his successful election.Aoun has filled the country's top post that has been vacant for over two years since the term of former President Michel Sleiman ended in May 2014 .Younes added that Aoun has now become a president for all Lebanese and is no longer an important figure limited to the FPM.Some of the supporters booed when MPs Sami Gemayel and Sleiman Frangieh cast their votes, decrying their opposition to Aoun.At first Aoun fell short of the count needed, receiving 84 votes, only two votes less than that needed to secure the presidency in the first round.Eighty-three votes were ultimately cast for Aoun in the final round.We're here because Gen. Aoun was elected," Elie Hasny said in the midst of the crowd. He added that the FPM's hope wasn't just that Aoun would become president, but that it would be a step toward building a better state.
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