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Hezbollah’s presidential candidate ‘clear’: official

Sheik Nabil Qaouk, Hezbollah's commander in south Lebanon, attends a funeral in Hanaway, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. (AP)

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official said Sunday that the party’s presidential candidate was clear even if he remained unidentified, blaming the March 14 coalition for the presidential void.

“Our stance is clear and settled over our presidential candidate, let everyone know that no pressures or intimidations can change our presidential stance,” Hezbollah official Sheikh Nabil Qaouk said during a party ceremony.

“Our presidential candidate is obvious, and they know him without us naming him, that’s what clearness is."

He also said that the March 14 coalition still hadn’t settled on its “real presidential candidate” and was only maneuvering in naming Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea as its candidate, causing the presidential void.

“The presidential election is a national obligation and we do not want void or vacuum, but the problem is that the March 14 coalition still hasn’t settled their real candidate,” he said.

“[March 14] adopted the strategy of wasting time. ... They resorted to electoral maneuvers, and the result was that the nation paid the price."

Although giving the impression of supporting Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun for the presidential bid, Hezbollah has not endorsed its Christian ally for the election. Aoun himself also has not officially announced his candidacy. Both groups have boycotted the parliamentary sessions to elect a new head of state.





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