BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is unlikely to declare his candidacy for the presidency in time for the parliamentary election session this week, according to a lawmaker from Aoun's bloc.
“It is not likely that [Aoun] will announce his candidacy for the first round of presidential elections on Tuesday,” MP Alian Aoun said in comments to Kuwaiti daily As-Seyasah in comments published Monday.
“The road leading to the election of a new president is still [obstructed],” he said.
Lebanon’s Parliament is set to convene Wednesday to elect a new president, but so far, only Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has declared his candidacy for the presidential post.
Aoun said he does not expect a president to be elected soon because “not all blocs have announced their stances. Some are still waiting for [foreign intervention].”
Lebanon has until May 25, the end of President Michel Sleiman’s six-year term, to elect a new president.