Report: Riyadh, Hizbullah Exchange Messages on Presidential Elections

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Hizbullah has informed Saudi Arabia that its candidate for the presidency is Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday.

The daily said that Riyadh has sent several messages to the party asking it whether it wanted the elections to be held anytime soon or whether it preferred vacuum.

It also asked Hizbullah about the name of a consensus candidate whom it sees as most suitable to reach Baabda Palace, al-Akhbar said.

The party replied to the messages that it was keen that the elections take place “as soon as possible” and that its candidate is Aoun, it added.

According to the report, Hizbullah stressed that Aoun is capable of being a consensus candidate.

It also asked the envoys who delivered the messages whether Riyadh was preparing to carry out an initiative to resolve the deadlock. But the Saudi officials denied making such a move.

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