From left, Patriarch Beshara Rai, receives former President Amin Gemayel and French Ambassador Patrice Paoli in Bkirki, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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MP Walid Jumblatt said Tuesday he would inform former Prime Minister Saad Hariri that he would neither vote for Samir Geagea nor Michel Aoun for the presidency.Jumblatt said he backed the election of a strong head of state rather than a strong Christian president.The Progressive Socialist Party leader said his backing of MP Henry Helou for president reflected his dedication to the legacy of moderation dating back to late MP Pierre Helou, Henry's father.Geagea, the leader of the Lebanese Forces, announced his candidacy in April.Geagea also voiced readiness to agree with Aoun and other March 8 parties on two other presidential candidates for Parliament to vote on. MP Nabil Nicholas, from Aoun's bloc, told The Daily Star that his group would meet this week to announce a stance on Geagea's proposal. Meanwhile, MP Hikmat Dib, also from Aoun's bloc, told a local television station that he opposed selecting a candidate merely to fill the presidential vacuum.
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