File - Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel is seeking to rally Christian support for his presidency bid and replace Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea as the March 14-backed candidate, political sources said Wednesday.Gemayel, who served as president of Lebanon from 1982-88, has begun consultations with Christian leaders on the presidential election. He met Aoun Wednesday, a day after he had talks with Geagea. In addition to consulting with Christian leaders, Gemayel will also seek to sound out the opinions of the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition and whether he can muster its support for his presidential bid, the sources said. The sources added that if Gemayel managed to win March 8's support, he would inform former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the Lebanese Forces, and subsequently ask Geagea to withdraw from the presidential race. Aoun told Gemayel of the reasons that prevented him from supporting the Kataeb leader for the presidency, and urged Gemayel to support him in the election.
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