Report: Aoun’s Presidency Hopes High, to Visit Jumblat


Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun’s chances to reach the presidency post still exist, al-Liwaa newspaper reported on Monday.

The daily reported that Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Aoun’s son-in-law, with his Saudi and U.S. counterparts in Jeddah last week the ongoing presidential deadlock in Lebanon.

Sources told al-Liwaa that Prince Saud al-Faisal and John Kerry stressed the importance of ending the presidential crisis by the election of a strong president.

The sources said that Kerry and al-Faisal hinted during the talks with Bassil that there’s no veto on Aoun.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May.

Ongoing disputes between the March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the election of a president despite several elections sessions being held at parliament.

Hizbullah’s Loyalty to the Resistance bloc and the Change and Reform bloc of MP Aoun have been boycotting the sessions due to the disagreement.

Aoun has repeatedly said that he is willing to run in the elections if there is consensus over him.

Meanwhile, al-Akhbar newspaper reported that Aoun will soon visit head of the Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblat, following his recent talks with the FPM chief in Rabieh.

The two officials discussed during their meeting the presidential deadlock and the importance of backing the Lebanese army.

Jumblat had also visited Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to discuss the presidential crisis.


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