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Gemayel rejects tying presidential election with parliamentary polls

FPM leader Michel Aoun, right, receives former President Amine Gemayel in Rabieh, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party head Amine Gemayel Thursday rejected proposals to postpone the presidential election until after the parliament polls scheduled for November this year, saying such a move was far too dangerous.

During a meeting with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumby, Gemayel “rejected the alternative to delay the presidential election until after the parliamentary one ... such talk is dangerous and suspicious."

The former president was referring to MP Michel Aoun’s comments that he would support postponing the election of a new head of state until after the parliamentary polls.

Aoun has been the March 8 coalition’s undeclared candidate.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when former President Michel Sleiman ended his six-year term without a successor as lawmakers remain in a deadlock over a consensus candidate.

 

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