Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Beirut is expected to move efforts over the presidential crisis into high gear, but any breakthrough in the deadlock has been ruled out before this week's election session in Parliament, officials said Sunday. "I don't see anything new in the presidential election issue.Hariri's return comes ahead of a Parliament session set for Wednesday to try to elect a president to succeed former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended in May 2014 .Former Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli, who backs Aoun for president, said he hoped Hariri's return to Beirut would revive attempts to break the presidential deadlock.Aoun has been counting on support from Hariri to boost his chances for being elected as president. A number of lawmakers from Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc have said that the FPM was still waiting for a final response from Hariri to the ongoing negotiations between the FPM and the Future Movement over the presidency issue.
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