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Aoun, Geagea urged to close ranks for election bid

Aoun urged Aoun and Geagea to urgently agree that one of them must reach the presidential post.(The Daily Star/File/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The head of the Journalists Union, Elias Aoun, called on the rival Christian leaders, Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea, to take the initiative to end the presidential deadlock in Lebanon.

Dear General [Aoun], Dear Dr. [Geagea], ... what is needed from you is to take the initiative together, to sit with yourselves and review the series of pain, and stretch your hand out to one another,” Elias Aoun said Wednesday in an open letter to Michel Aoun and Geagea.

“You are both required to reach an inevitable solution: agree on the principle that priority goes to the nation and to the Christian presence in a sovereign and independent Lebanon,” he wrote.

Calling on them as leaders of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, two of Lebanon's main Christian parties, the head of the Journalists Union urged Aoun and Geagea to urgently agree that one of them must reach the presidential post.

"Or [agree] on a third qualified and honorable Maronite [figure],” Aoun added.

“Would you do this so Lebanon would have a president in the July 23 [voting] session?”

President Michel Sleiman’s term ended May 25 with MPs failing to elect a new head of state over lack of consensus on a presidential candidate.

 

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