Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Presidential jockeying in Lebanon

Naharnet News Desk

In this interview, M. Raad, head of Hezbollah's bloc in parliament, refers to the party's precious ally Maronite Michel Aoun:

Raad said Hizbullah's presidential candidate is Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun "or whoever is chosen by Gen. Aoun."

"It will be difficult to agree on any candidate of whom Gen. Aoun is not convinced," Raad added, stressing that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri "realizes this."

Meanwhile, Aoun is still trying to preserve his presidential prospects by attempting to limit the term of the next president to two years, which is most unlikely to attract majority support.

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