BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Thursday he is ready to withdraw from the presidential race in favor of a consensus candidate.
“I will withdraw my candidacy if consensus is reached on another March 14 figure,” Geagea said following talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki.
A meeting is underway between Lebanese presidential hopeful Samir Geagea and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, a day after lawmakers failed for the third time to elect a new president.
MPs affiliated with the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition boycotted a third round of voting in Parliament Wednesday, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to adjourn the meeting until May 14.
Wednesday’s was the third time in less than a month that lawmakers failed to elect a new head of state before President Michel Sleiman’s term ends May 25.
Unless March 8 and rivals in the Future Movement-led March 14 alliance choose a consensus candidate, it is increasingly unlikely that Lebanon will have a new president within the constitutional deadline.