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Bkirki denies having list of presidential candidates

Patriarch Beshara Rai, right, receives former President Amin Gemayel in Bkirki, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)

BEIRUT: The Maronite Patriarchy denied in a statement Tuesday that it had a list of potential candidates to the presidency, dismissing allegations by presidential hopeful Samir Geagea.

The church also said it had not named anyone for the presidency and did not support a particular candidate.

Geagea, who heads the Lebanese Forces, said Monday he was ready to endorse the list of candidates put forth by the Maronite Church to end the vacuum in Lebanon’s top Christian post.

He cited former ministers Dimyanos Kattar, Roger Dib and Ziyad Baroud as the candidates suggested by the Maronite Church.

 

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