BEIRUT: Ahmad Asaad urged the March 14 coalition Friday to support MP Michel Aoun’s candidacy for the presidency, saying this was the best means to break the Free Patriotic Movement leader’s political alliance with the party.
“Realism compels us to concede that the results of the voting Wednesday clearly indicated that the needed votes to elect Samir Geagea as president are not secured under the current circumstances,” Asaad, head of the Lebanese Option Party and a harsh critic of Hezbollah, told a news conference.
“With the aim of giving hope to Lebanon and the Lebanese people, I call on the March 14 parties to adopt General Michel Aoun’s candidacy for the presidency,” Asaad said.
“The adoption of Aoun’s candidacy might provide the best conditions and the most effective means to dismantle the existing alliance between Aoun and the party [Hezbollah]. This matter will lead to isolating the party at the national level.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 26, 2014, on page 2.