BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea sent an open letter to March 8 MPs Tuesday, calling on them to attend Wednesday’s parliamentary session and vote for their preferred candidate without wasting more time.
“I call on you to go down to the Parliament tomorrow instead of wasting time with your illusory suggestions,” Geagea said in the letter addressing his political rivals.
Mach 8 MPs are expected to boycott tomorrow’s Parliament session due to lack of agreement on any consensus presidential candidate, as they have all previous sessions.
“Boycotting the presidential election’s sessions and disrupting the election and push the country into presidential void is not in your rights,’ Geagea said. “On the contrary, it essentially contradicts the mandate you have been granted.”
Geagea said that the absence of a head of state “threatens the existence of the country,” condemning March 8’s use of the boycott to exert “pressure for the election of [their] desired candidate.”
“It is not your right to prioritize personal interests over national interest,” he continued, “especially in such conditions as the ones Lebanon is passing through.”
Geagea ended his speech saying: “My brothers. Individuals, whoever they are, [eventually] vanish. As for nations, they only vanish with their people’s negligence. Let us stick to the nation, because we want to leave our children a nation, not a person.”