Aoun speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah disclosed Sunday that his party has launched efforts to overcome opposition from its March 8 allies to the election of MP Michel Aoun as president and ensure a smooth and successful vote at a Parliament session next week.Declaring that all 13 members of Hezbollah's bloc in Parliament would vote for his longtime ally Aoun, Nasrallah said his party did not oppose former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to the premiership as part of the deal between the Future Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement to end the nearly 2-1/2-year-old presidential vacuum.Nasrallah was clearly referring to staunch opposition to the election of Aoun as president from Speaker Nabih Berri, who has declared that he and his 13-member parliamentary bloc would not vote for Aoun at the session scheduled for Oct. 31 .Nasrallah said Hezbollah would not oppose Hariri returning to the premiership under an agreement for Aoun to be elected president despite what he described as Hariri's "escalation" against the party during his speech endorsing the FPM founder.Nasrallah said the presidential election would have been further delayed for months had Hezbollah rejected Hariri's return to the premiership.
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