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Only a resistance supporter can become president: Hezbollah

Lawmakers with the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc attend parliamentary consultations at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Friday, April 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah reiterated Sunday that the next president should be a supporter of the resistance and accused the March 14 coalition of counting on the presidential bid to change “Lebanon’s position.”

“Only someone keen on the resistance ... can become president,” said MP Mohammad Raad, who heads Hezbollah’s Loyalty to the Resistance bloc.

“We want a president who adheres to the formula that achieved victory for our people, and who does not give up on it when offered any temptations,” the lawmaker said.

He said that the failure in electing a new president was because “some insist on naming a candidate who wants civil war between the Lebanese people, and who wants to dismiss the achievements of the resistance,” in an apparent reference to the March 14 presidential candidate, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

“Such a candidate would never become president, no matter what forces support him,” he said.

For his part, deputy head of Hezbollah's politburo Sheikh Nabil Qawouq said that the March 14 coalition was trying to use the presidential elections to weaken the party and move the country away from its support for the resistance.

“If the March 14 coalition is counting on the presidential election to change the position and reality in Lebanon, they are miscalculating,” he said.

“We want the presidential election to strengthen the national constants in Lebanon ... but the other team is waiting for the opportunity to change Lebanon's position by targeting the resistance.”

Meanwhile, Minister of State Mohammad Fneish said that a new president could not be elected without consensus.

“Consensus is the only way to avoid a vacuum in the presidency post, without consensus we could fall into a long-term vacuum,” he said.





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