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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However, the longtime dispute between the top two Maronite politicians is still preventing any sort of meeting between the leaders on the topic, especially since Geagea has rejected outright Aoun's suggestion of restricting the candidacy list to just the two of them.Geagea has confirmed, through the delegates, that he would be happy if any of the four main Maronite politicians are elected – himself, Aoun, Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel or Marada Movement chief Sleiman Frangieh – but that a figure of very high caliber should be chosen.Unlike Aoun and Geagea, the envoys do not think the future president has to be a strong figure that politically represents the majority of Christians, the sources said.A number of FPM deputies stressed that Aoun would welcome Geagea in Rabieh, but only based on a mutual understanding that only a strong Christian leader can be elected president.These lawmakers are convinced that Aoun remains the most eligible candidate for the highest Christian post in the country.
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