The election and new alliances are expected to put an end to the rival March 8 and March 14 camps. (AP Photos)
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The election of a president Monday signals the end of the March 8 and March 14 coalitions as the cards will be reshuffled and new bilateral alliances will emerge, bringing with them new political dynamics, analysts say.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this month endorsed decadelong rival Change and Reform bloc head Michel Aoun for the presidency, all but assuring Aoun's election after almost two and a half years of presidential vacuum. Aoun, Hezbollah's strategic ally, is also supported by the Lebanese Forces, a chief constituent of the March 14 . As it stands, Hezbollah and the FPM are still allies, yet Hezbollah remains the LF's rival.The Amal Movement, Hezbollah's chief ally, does not back Aoun but remains bound to the party and is still adamant on supporting Frangieh.Khashan believes that despite the reshuffling Hezbollah would maintain its alliances. During the era leading to Aoun's nomination, political maneuvering was based on regional alignments and considerations rather than internal political issues.
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