This handout picture released on October 24, 2016, Nasrallah receives Aoun in an undisclosed location. (The Daily Star/Hezbollah media office, HO)
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With five days to go before a Parliament session to elect a president, MP Michel Aoun appears to be edging closer to achieving his long-cherished dream of being chosen as the country's next president despite continued opposition by Speaker Nabih Berri.Having gained so far the support of the Future Movement, the Lebanese Forces, Hezbollah and some of its March 8 allies, Aoun, the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, is assured of a sufficient parliamentary majority for his election as president at the Parliament session set for next Monday.However, sources close to Berri denied that the speaker planned to hold any national dialogue meetings before the Parliament session.FPM lawmaker Ibrahim Kanaan said that members of Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc would attend the session to vote for Aoun, ending the party's 2-1/2-year boycott of election sessions.He added that the new president would be "a president made in Lebanon".When asked by a reporter about the number of votes he believed Aoun needed to win the presidency, Kanaan said that he considered the session on Oct. 31 would be the second session to vote for presidency, since 44 of the past 45 election sessions did not achieve a quorum. That means the president would be elected by a simple majority, Kanaan added.For his part, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai sounded optimistic that a new president would be elected next week, a day after he met with Aoun and blessed his nomination for the presidency.
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