File - Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (L) talks to Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces, at Beirut Airport while waiting to fly to Qatar May 16, 2008. REUTERS/ Khalil Hassan
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Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces militia, backed the Saudi-brokered deal, while Aoun, then Army commander and head of a transitional military government, refused to recognize it.Backed by the March 8 coalition, Aoun argues that he represents Christians the most and thus should be elected the country's new president.Even last year, Aoun and Geagea were unable to agree on a new election law to provide fairer representation for Christians.This leads to the fall of institutions and weakens the Christians first and foremost, and of course all Lebanese," Nader told The Daily Star.He explained that the rivalry between Aoun and Geagea should not cause Parliament's failure to elect a president. Both Aoun and Geagea rose to prominence in the mid-1980s. Aoun was appointed an Army commander in June 1984, and less than two years later, in January 1986, Geagea assumed the leadership of the Lebanese Forces militia. The former minister said that joining one front to try to solve these problems did not mean that Aoun and Geagea would have to abandon their alliances altogether.Haddad said that the everlasting political disputes between Aoun and Geagea were definitely weakening Christians in Lebanon.
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