BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea denied that any progress had been made toward electing a new president, downplaying the importance of a recent meeting between Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and MP Walid Jumblatt.
“The meeting of Nasrallah and Jumblatt has no political effect but falls within the range of reasserting and showing the positive aspects of existing relations between them,” Geagea said in comments published in An-Nahar Monday.
The two parties said Sunday that Nasrallah and Jumblatt discussed the need to elect a president as soon as possible and to beef up coordination among security agencies.
Geagea stressed that there was no change in the position of Hezbollah-led March 8 camp with regard to the presidential vacuum.
“Unfortunately there is no sign that they (March 8) are willing to discuss any candidate except Michel Aoun,” Geagea said.
“He (Aoun) is still clinging to his position and insists that there is no candidate but himself or else no election."
The LF leader, himself a candidate to the country’s top post, said his March 14 camp contemplated for some time the possibility of proposing consensus candidates to no avail.
“The door was totally slammed, as the opposite camp was not ready to discuss the subject,” Geagea said,
Lebanon has been without a president since May when President Michel Sleiman’s six-year-tenure expired without a successor. Nine attempts by parliament to elect a president since April have been futile in the absence of an agreement on a consensus candidate.