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Syrian opposition leader supports Geagea for president

Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

BEIRUT: Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba contacted Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and wished him success in the presidential election, a statement from Geagea’s office said.

“The Syrian people support your candidacy for the presidential post and would be relieved and content if you reach Baabda Palace,” Jarba said in a phone call with the LF leader, a candidate in the presidential election.

Geagea thanked Jarba for his wishes and assured him “we whole heartedly support the struggle of the Syrian people to achieve a civil and democratic and diverse state in Syria.”

He also wished the coalition success in achieving what it looks for, despite “the difficulties it is facing.”

Geagea, the March 14 backed candidate, won 48 votes in the first Parliament session to elect a president, against 52 blank ballots cast by lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun’s bloc and March 8 parties, with 16 lawmakers voting for MP Henry Helou from MP Walid Jumblatt’s bloc.

The LF leader announced his presidential campaign platform earlier this month and said his priority is to restore the role of the state as the only authority to hold arms.





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