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Geagea: No hope yet of new president

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Maarab, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Tuesday sounded pessimistic over the prospect of electing a new president in the near future, saying there was not yet any hope of filling the void.

“After everything I heard about the presidential election, there is no light at the end of the tunnel yet although the solution is in our hands,” Geagea told reporters after meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki.

“We are in the midst of an elimination war against the presidential seat, and no one has the right to disrupt the country and leave the presidential seat empty for the sake of increasing their chances at the presidency,” he said, in an indirect reference to MP Michel Aoun, the March 8 coalition’s undeclared candidate.

Lebanon has been unable to elect a new president for months due to lack of a consensus among rival groups on a single candidate.

The March 14 coalition has backed Geagea’s nomination to the highest Christian post, but its rivals in the March 8 group have rejected such a candidacy, seeking a consensus figure.

During his chat with reporters, Geagea urged Hezbollah and Aoun to reconsider their position and attend Parliamentary sessions to cast ballots.

"The patriarch told me about his meeting with Aoun, but the prelate could not convince the [former] general to attend the parliamentary session,” he said.

The LF head insisted that foreign parties were not meddling in the presidential issue: “This is our fault.”

 

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