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Gemayel, Jumblatt hold talks on presidential election

File - Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel is currently holding talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, part of his initiative to resolve the presidential crisis.

Gemayel and Jumblatt held talks at the former’s residence in the Metn town of Bikfaya Thursday.

Political sources had told The Daily Star earlier that Gemayel was seeking to rally Christian support for his presidency bid and replace Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea as the March 14-backed candidate.

He also met with Marada leader MP Suleiman Frangieh earlier Thursday.

Gemayel, who served as president of Lebanon from 1982-88, began consultations with Christian leaders on the presidential election, meeting so far with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and his rival Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

He also held talks with Metn MP Michel Murr, and will also approach the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition to gauge whether it can be a possible backer for his presidential bid, the sources said.

 

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