Presidential candidate Michel Suleiman wins backing of majority bloc in parliament.
|Aoun is only willing to support a consensus
candidate until parliamentary elections [AFP]
He said he was willing to wait for what he sees as the right leader for Lebanon.
After a second meeting, Kouchner said: “Work continues, the meetings continue and we’ll brief you when the job is done.”
The leaders also discussed laws for a 2009 parliamentary election.
Sources said Friday’s vote could be delayed amid reservations voiced by Aoun.
Aoun, whose FPM organisation is allied to Hezbollah, has said that a consensus prime minister must also be agreed between the political factions.
Aoun seeks guarantees that the size of his parliamentary bloc – the largest of any Christian faction – be recognised in the new cabinet.
The FPM is currently not represented in the cabinet of Fouad Siniora, Lebanon’s prime minister.
An ongoing political crisis between the March 14 majority and March 8-led opposition has paralysed Lebanon for more than a year.
Lebanon’s president must be a Maronite Christian in line with the country’s confessional power-sharing system.
Suleiman, 59, is favoured by the opposition as a compromise candidate after the majority rejected Aoun nomination.
Suleiman was appointed army chief in 1998 when Syrian troops and security forces had a presence in Lebanon.
The March 14 majority declared its support for Suleiman on Sunday, dropping its opposition to a constitutional amendment needed to allow a senior public servant to become president.