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Jumblatt nominates bloc MP for presidency

Walid Jumblatt attends a ceremony in Beirut, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Head of the Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt Tuesday nominated Henry Helou, a lawmaker from his own bloc, for the presidency.

“Today’s meeting of the National Struggle Front bloc ... aims at nominating Henry Helou for the presidential election which starts tomorrow [Wednesday],” Jumblatt told reporters after the meeting in Clemenceau.

Jumblatt also described the Aley MP as a "voice of moderation," saying Lebanon needed such a president to help safeguard the country.

"I hope everyone would hear the voice of moderation to help the country overcome this phase," he said.

In response to a question whether Helou's nomination was in response to the nomination of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, Jumbatt said: “[Helou’s] nomination is not a political maneuver.”

 

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