This file photo taken on Jan. 6, 2016 shows State Department Spokesman John Kirby during the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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The U.S. State Department said it is up to Lebanon to decide who becomes the country's next president and that it hopes elections will move forward after a 2-1/2-year stalemate.Earlier in the day, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that he was not certain about the support Future Movement leader Saad Hariri is offering to MP Michel Aoun for his presidential ambitions, but is hopeful Lebanon will move forward.In a widely expected move following almost a month of intensive consultations with top Lebanese leaders and as well as regional and global powers, Hariri Thursday endorsed Aoun's presidential bid, hoping the decision would protect Lebanon and put an end to the 2-1/2-year vacuum in the country's top Christian post.Hariri had supported Frangieh's presidential bid earlier this year.
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