Hariri heads the Future bloc meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday informed members of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc of his decision to endorse MP Michel Aoun's candidacy for the presidency, ex-Premier Fouad Siniora said.Hariri's widely expected move will put an end to the uncertainty over the Future bloc's position on the presidency but it is unlikely to lead to the election of Aoun at the Parliament session on Oct. 31 because of strong opposition by Speaker Nabih Berri.Political sources told The Daily Star that Khalil informed Hariri of Berri's rejection of Aoun's presidential bid and that the speaker would not participate in a new government and would not support Hariri if the FPM founder was elected as president.Earlier in the day, Khalil said that Berri's 14-member parliamentary bloc would vote against Aoun at the Oct. 31 Parliament session.We will not support Gen. Aoun and will vote against him and become part of the opposition," Khalil told reporters in Parliament.He stressed that differences between Berri and Aoun cannot be resolved through a meeting.
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