Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference as he announces his candidacy for the presidency, in Maarab, Friday, April 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea warned Monday against obstructing the presidential election and urged all parties to attend Parliament's session to vote for a new head of state.Geagea, the first to publicly announce his candidacy, gained 48 out of 124 votes in the first round against 52 blank ballots cast by most of the March 8 coalition's MPs while one vote went for Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel and 16 went to MP Walid Jumblatt's candidate MP Henri Helou.Geagea also urged his rival March 8 team to announce the group's presidential candidate ahead of the next session aimed at electing a new head of state.
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