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Gemayel says possible candidate for president

  • Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel gives a speech during a mass in Bekfaya, Thursday, November 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)

BEIRUT: Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel said he might run in the next presidential election and called for unity among the Lebanese to confront terrorism.

“I don’t rule out the option [of running for president], but it depends on the [timing] and the conditions [on the ground],” Gemayel said during an interview with the Tehran-based Arabic-language Iranian television channel Al-Kawthar.

Gemayel also said the presidential election, set to take place in May, should be held on time. He emphasized that his Kataeb party rejects a “vacuum in the presidential post.”

He called for a consensus among Christian leaders to ensure a "strong President that represents his [Christian] community like other leaders in Lebanon, such as the prime minister and parliament speaker.”

Gemayel also said the Lebanese need to unite to confront terrorism following a wave of bombings.

“What the Lebanese need is a national united position to confront the terrorism that has flourished under the protection provided by some politicians,” he said.

“There must be international and regional cooperation between major countries like the United States, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia to confront terrorism and limit it.”

 
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