Lebanon News

Hariri meets with Gemayel over presidency

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with the leader of the Kataeb Party Sami Gemayel, Wednesday, Sept. 28. 2016. (The Daily Star/ LBC)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday met with the leader of the Kataeb Party Sami Gemayel as part of a round of meetings between Lebanon’s top leaders to end the more than two-year presidential vacuum.

Hariri arrived at the Kataeb's headquarters in the Beirut area of Saifi shortly after Parliament failed to elect a new president for the 45th time.

Hariri reportedly left the meeting without making any comments to the press.

On Wednesday evening, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt visited Hariri at his Downtown Beirut residence.

MTV Lebanon reported Jumblatt looking irritated after leaving the Central House, as he made no comments. It added that Jumblatt voiced reservation over some points raised by Hariri during their meeting.

Hariri later posted a selfie of him and Jumblatt smiling on Twitter with the comment: "Who said we were upset?"

The Future Movement leader arrived in Beirut Saturday after spending nearly two months abroad. His return to Lebanon comes amid efforts by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces to convince him to endorse their candidate, MP Michel Aoun.

Hariri met with Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh, whom he has endorsed for the presidency, on Monday.

 

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