|Hariri (left) and ‘Aoun|
The recent announcement by Sa‘d Hariri, the former Prime Minister whose late father's assassination has been blamed on Hizbullah, announced that he was endorsing ‘Aoun for the Lebanese Presidency, which has been vacant since 2014, during which time public services such as trash collection have collapsed. Soon after, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah endorsed the strange bedfellows alliance. ‘Aoun, a Maronite, would become President, and Hariri, a Sunni, would be Prime Minister, since those jobs are reserved for those confessional groups.
Joyce Karam in an op/ed sees it as a Hariri concession. It may well break the deadlock and see a President elected in coming days (Parliament chooses the President), but all the faces will be old familiar ones.