File - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah renewed his support for Michel Aoun's presidential candidacy Friday, questioning the sincerity of the Future Movement's initiative to back Sleiman Frangieh which has put cracks in old alliances, and formed new, unlikely ones.Nasrallah's declaration ends weeks of speculation over Hezbollah's position regarding the presidential election in light of an initiative launched in November by Future Movement chief Saad Hariri to back rival Frangieh, head of the Marada Movement, for presidency.Frangieh, a longtime ally of both Hezbollah and Aoun, the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, had not even been considered a candidate for the presidency until Hariri's initiative became public. The initiative also frustrated Geagea, a longtime rival of Aoun and fierce critic of Hezbollah, prompting him last week to pull out of the presidential race in favor of Aoun.Frangieh had repeatedly declared his support for Aoun's presidential bid throughout the 20-month-long presidential vacuum, even after Hariri's initiative became known.
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