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Lebanon's three crucial days

With less than 72 hours to go before the deadline for Lebanon to elect a new president, the parliament is still no closer to a consensus.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman (R) gestures beside Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai (L),  in a celebration to solidify the reconciliation between Christians and Druze in Brih May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir  (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR3PLSX

In the next three days, a consensus president of Lebanon should emerge, yet the parliamentary deadlock makes this impossible. Out of the four Maronite leaders, only one has declared his candidacy: Samir Geagea. Gen. Michel Aoun, who believes himself a possible consensus candidate, is considered equally controversial as the declared March 14 candidate.

“As a citizen, I witnessed the conflicts of those leaders, which seem to never end. I fear that if any of them was elected president, he would seek revenge against the others," said President Michel Suleiman in an interview with local Beirut daily As-Safir.

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