Christian opposition leader and presidential hopeful Michel Aoun said Thursday he supports Lebanese army chief as a compromise candidate for president, but only if constitutional obstacles resolved.
Aoun's backing brings army chief Michel Suleiman a step closer to the nation's top post, vacant after President Emile Lahoud left office last week without a successor because of a deadlock between Parliament's feuding factions.
"It is a great honor for the military that its commander be a candidate," Aoun, himself a former army chief, said after his bloc met. "We hope that after removing the constitutional hurdles Gen. Suleiman will be our candidate," he said, referring to a constitutional amendment barring an active army chief from running for president.
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