Banners attached in Tripoli decry the nomination of LF leader Samir Geagea to the presidency, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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With Wednesday's parliamentary presidential election session looming, several Lebanese described to The Daily Star what qualities the next president should embody.Most, however, agreed on one universal principle: The next president should be able to lead Lebanon away from instability.The leader of a polarized country divided between 18 religious sects, the president of Lebanon's 4 million civilians comes from the country's Maronite community. The Lebanese populace often fails to agree on much, and the same can be said about the character they want in the country's next president.The Lebanese Forces leader, part of the March 14 political coalition, announced his candidacy for the highest Christian position in the country earlier this month but is a divisive figure due to his strong opposition to Hezbollah and his past as head of the LF militia.Other names mentioned included Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh, both figures within the March 8 political coalition. Neither Aoun nor Frangieh have yet declared their candidacy for president.
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