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Elissa visits Maarab in show of support for Geagea

File - Singer Elissa performs during Star Academy 5 final prime in Adma, north of Beirut, Lebanon, May 23, 2008. (REUTERS/ Wadih Shlink)

BEIRUT: Lebanese singer Elissa, a proud supporter of the Lebanese Forces, met Thursday with the party’s head and presidential hopeful Samir Geagea at his Maarab residence.

In show of support, Elissa visited Geagea as lawmakers were making their way into Parliament for the session scheduled at noon to vote on a new president.

For the past four weeks, Geagea has monitored Parliament developments from Maarab.

Speaker Nabih Berri had to adjourn the session for the fourth time in less than a month due to lack of quorum as some March 8 lawmakers who oppose Geagea’s candidacy boycotted.

The award-winning artist, wearing a pair of light blue jeans, a white top and a pair of nude pumps, sat down with Geagea in what seemed to be the LF leader’s office, joined by prominent Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra.

Elissa, who has collaborated with a number of international artists, primarily Chris DeBurgh, has voiced her support for Geagea’s candidacy and has been a vocal supporter of the former warlord.

In a television interview last month, Elissa maintained her support for Geagea, saying his candidacy and the political platform he presented were a modern approach to election in Lebanon.

“I like the civilized way he announced his candidacy and his political program ... even if he did not win,” Elissa told Al-Jadeed. “We live in a free and democratic country, something we pride ourselves with. ... Every person has their own beliefs and everyone should respect other people’s opinion."

The singer, from Deir al-Ahmar in the province of Baalbek in the northern Bekaa Valley, has made it clear on many occasions that her support for Geagea was solid, even if it costs her some fans.

Although many Lebanese artists remain tight-lipped on their political affiliations, those who have spoken their mind have been the subject of much controversy in the country.

Comments by composer Ziad Rahbani that his mother, the legendary Fairuz, admired Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah sparked a wave of reactions last year. Some of her fans criticized Rahbani for dragging the national icon into Lebanese politics.

Prominent singer George Wassouf also had his share of criticism when he described Syrian President Bashar Assad as a goodhearted man.





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