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Geagea reiterates need for swift Cabinet formation
LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reiterated Tuesday the need for a swift Cabinet formation and called for holding the presidential elections on time.

“A Cabinet that abides by the constitution and not foreign strategies must be formed,” Geagea said via Skype during the LF annual convention in Melbourne, Australia.

Geagea also said that Lebanon is in need of strengthening the presidential post and called for holding free presidential elections.

“We insist on holding the presidential elections on time because we are not going to reach a powerful and serious state if we do not have a strong and powerful president,” Geagea said.

“The upcoming presidential elections should be free and not based on compromises ... everyone has the right to run for president,” he said.

President Michel Sleiman’s term ends in 2014 and the constitutional period to elect his successor begins on March 25. The country witnessed a six-month vacuum in the presidency prior to the election of Sleiman in May 2008.

Geagea also slammed Hezbollah for not abiding by Lebanon’s ‘disassociation’ policy, in reference to the group’s military intervention in Syria.

“Hezbollah has set its own strategy and is bluntly contradicting the laws and the constitution,” he said,

He added that the party is disregarding the opinion of other Lebanese parties and carrying on in its own schemes.

Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime troops against rebels in Syria despite the Baabda Declaration, a Lebanese agreement that stipulates Lebanon’s disassociation from the crisis in the neighboring country.

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