President Michel Sleiman attends Good Friday mass in Kaslik, Friday, April 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Hezbollah Friday implicitly rejected Samir Geagea's candidacy for the presidency, saying the Lebanese Forces leader's move could delay holding the presidential election on time and cause trouble in the politically divided country.MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah's bloc in Parliament, also said his party would only support a presidential candidate who defended the resistance, a long-running divisive issue among the Lebanese. Raad was apparently referring to the two conflicting options over Hezbollah's arsenal.Geagea and his March 14 allies have also slammed Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria to support President Bashar Assad's forces.In an apparent response to Geagea's platform, Raad said Hezbollah would only support a candidate who defended the resistance.In addition to Geagea, Western Bekaa MP Robert Ghanem from the March 14 coalition has also announced his candidacy.Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said he was still undecided on which candidate to support for the presidency.
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