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Geagea a top M14 pick for president: De Freij

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea is among the top March 14 contenders for the presidency, State Minister for Administrative Development Nabil de Freij said Friday.

Geagea “is one of March 14’s most prominent candidates, if not the top candidate,” said de Freij, who is also a Future Movement MP.

De Freij stressed the need to ensure that March 14 chooses only one candidate to replace President Michel Sleiman, whose term expires May 25.

He urged March 14 leaders to meet to decide the party’s “one candidate.”

In a recent interview, Geagea pronounced himself a “natural candidate” to succeed Sleiman, vowing to give priority to the thorny issue of Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria if elected Lebanon’s next head of state.

“I am a natural candidate for the presidency ... today I am the head of the most popular party among Christians, as statistics show, thus it is natural for my name to be among the top candidates for the presidency,” Geagea told Al Arabiya television Tuesday.

But Geagea said he will wait for the right moment to officially announce his candidacy.

Lebanon entered Tuesday a two-month constitutional period to elect a new head of state.

 
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