BEIRUT: The Future bloc reiterated in a statement Tuesday that Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea was the group’s candidate for the presidential election and called on the rival March 8 camp to announce their own contender.
“The Future bloc reiterates it is holding on to Dr. Samir Geagea, supported by the March 14, as its presidential candidate,” the bloc said after its weekly meeting chaired by former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
“The bloc also calls on March 8 to announce its candidate to pave the way for the democratic system to fulfill its complete role."
The bloc added that “obstructing the presidential election would result in void that can tarnish the image of Lebanon and the image of its stability.”
They reiterated the need to hold the presidential election by May 24, when President Michel Sleiman’s six-year mandate ends.
The bloc’s statement comes a day after Geagea refuted reports citing him as saying that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri backed Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun as a consensus candidate.
Geagea traveled to Paris and held talks with Hariri over the weekend with the two men discussing “all the options available to break the impasse over the presidency.”
The LF leader was the first to announce his candidacy to the election last month, vowing to restore the state’s monopoly on arms if elected as the new head for the state.
However, Geagea failed in the first round of the election to secure the needed votes to win the election. Since then, attempts to elect a new president have failed for lack of quorum, with Hezbollah and the FPM boycotting the Parliament sessions.