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Hariri meets with Frangieh in north Lebanon

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets with Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh at the latter's residence in Bneshaai, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Monday evening with Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh at the latter's north Lebanon residence.

Hariri's visit to Bneshaai is the first in a series of planned meetings between Hariri and other Lebanese officials in an attempt to resolve the country's presidential vacuum.

He was accompanied by his chief of staff Nader Hariri, and political adviser and former MP Ghattas Khoury.

It is not clear if Hariri will meet with Change and Reform Bloc chief MP Michel Aoun in his tour of politicians.

The Future leader's consultations with political rivals come 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.

Hariri had returned to Beirut on Saturday night after spending nearly two months abroad.

Aoun and Frangieh are both presidential candidates.

Aoun is backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces, while Frangieh has the support of the Future Movement, Amal Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.

 

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