BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused the March 8 alliance Thursday of “sabotaging” the presidential election in a bid to plunge the country into political vacuum that would engender the interference of foreign powers to solve the impasse.
“tThe other group do not want to see a made in Lebanon presidential election,” Geagea told LF students who visited him in his residence of Maarab. “They want to drag us again to Paris or Doha but we will not go anywhere.” He was referring to capitals where deals to solve previous Lebanese stalemates were brokered.
Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned Wednesday’s session to elect a president by one week until May 7 after not enough lawmakers showed up to secure a two-thirds quorum of the legislature’s 128 members required to begin the session.
The session was boycotted mainly by lawmakers from Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun’s parliamentary Change and Reform bloc and Hezbollah.
A candidate to the Lebanese presidential election, Geagea said his party will pursue its struggle for a strong Lebanese state, adding that his party will no longer put up with a “dysfunctional and marginalized state.” “We will continue our fight for a strong [Lebanese] state,” Geagea said, adding that his candidacy to the presidential election fell in that interest.
Geagea said the March 8 alliance for failing to name a candidate to the election. “We operated in accordance with democratic norms and the other side did not name a candidate or put forth a platform.”