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Hizbullah MP: Mustaqbal May Benefit Most from Aoun's Election

A prominent Hizbullah MP announced Thursday that al-Mustaqbal Movement may be the party that would benefit most from the election of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel as president.

“Agreeing to the election of General Michel Aoun as president would open the door to positive developments that would resolve all other problems,” Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad said.

“We would not be exaggerating if we say that al-Mustaqbal Movement may be the party that would benefit most from General Aoun's election as president,” Fayyad added.

“Al-Mustaqbal Movement is going through a very dire situation and it needs another atmosphere to overcome this situation and to prevent further deterioration and complications,” the lawmaker went on to say.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has recently hinted that Hizbullah does not mind the re-designation of al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri as premier in return for the election of Aoun as president and Speaker Nabih Berri as head of parliament.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Hariri, who is close to Saudi Arabia, launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

Hariri's move prompted Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea to endorse the nomination of Aoun, his long-time Christian rival.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid argue that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.


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