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Oct. 31, Lebanese legislators elected a president.In a broader sense, the two leaders entered into an entente to signal to other Lebanese leaders and regional powers that Christian communal cover for Sunni or Shiite political priorities will no longer come cheap, restore their relevance in the communal order, and rejuvenate Christian political participation.After the Cedar Revolution of 2005, Aoun and Geagea returned – from Syrian-orchestrated exile and imprisonment, respectively – to Lebanon's political stage.Aoun and Geagea managed to block Frangieh immediately. Neither Hezbollah nor Hariri could afford – and still cannot afford – to alienate the two leaders. Additionally, Geagea and Aoun are trying to increase their own rewards by signaling to other Lebanese leaders that Christian communal cover for Sunni and Shiite political priorities will not come cheap.Therefore, Geagea and Aoun had tried to reap other rewards – parity with their political partners, support for legislative agendas, leverage in Lebanese state institutions, control over certain appointments, larger shares in parliament – to solidify their support among Lebanese Christians.Meanwhile, Hariri and Hezbollah have tried to appease Lebanese Christians without empowering their two main leaders more than necessary.
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