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Geagea throws down gauntlet in battle for presidency

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during a ceremony in Byblos, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: The battle for the 2014 presidential elections, which began Tuesday, belong to the March 14 coalition, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Tuesday.

“The presidential election battle is March 14’s,” Geagea told a visiting delegation from Deir al-Ahmar Tuesday.

He said the purpose of having a president is “not to provide services and create a strong leader, but to elect a president with a clear vision for Lebanon based on the legitimate, political objectives of March 14.”

Geagea acknowledged that “full coordination” is needed with his March 14 allies in order to secure a presidential victory “because the battle is one for all Lebanon.”

"Lebanon needs a president who takes daring stances," he said.

The LF leader has refused to confirm whether he would run for president.

 

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