Hizbullah Seeking to Convince Aoun's Bloc to Resolve Extension Crisis

Hizbullah is exerting last-minute efforts to convince its ally Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun to resolve the parliament extension crisis, As Safir daily reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said that Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's aide Hussein Khalil and the party's liaison and coordination officer Wafiq Safa sought to convince Aoun's Change and Reform bloc members to resolve the problem ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary session.

The two Hizbullah officials held contacts with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, who is an FPM official, on Monday. The pressure they are exercising on Aoun is expected to last until the session is held.

The Change and Reform bloc is expected to boycott the session.

Despite the boycott of other Christian lawmakers, quorum is guaranteed at the legislature, whose term will be extended for two years and seven months.

Nasrallah said Monday he supported the move to avert a vacuum, which has been exacerbated by the failure to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman whose term ended in May.



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