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Some circles in March 14 are openly talking about the possibility that Michel Aoun, all 80 years of him, may be the next president of Lebanon after Michel Sleiman's term ends in May.This is a bit too clear-cut to be convincing, but there is nevertheless a mood in Future ranks that Aoun as president would be very different than Aoun as presidential aspirant.If there is something vital to be gained by endorsing Aoun, then Jumblatt may go along with it.Jumblatt's support for Aoun would provide another advantage, this time to Hezbollah. With the Jumblatt bloc, Hezbollah and Aoun would hold a majority in parliament against what remains of March 14 . A more realistic reading of the Aoun affair is that the Future Movement would not back Aoun's candidacy, but that Hariri and Aoun may have agreed to something else.Aoun, if he is backed by Hezbollah, which may then force Nabih Berri to go along, would have most of the votes. For him to win, however, Jumblatt would have to rally behind Aoun, which is plausible if the 1960 law is preserved.Aoun may be a credible candidate, or he may not be.
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