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Geagea calls for last-minute push to elect president

LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea launched Saturday a last-minute appeal for electing a new president as the country risks entering an alarming stage of void.

“The March 14 lawmakers are going to Parliament this evening, we still have the chance to elect a new president before midnight,” Geagea said during a press conference at his Maarab residence.

“I hope other lawmakers join them too,” the LF leader, the first to have announced his presidential candidacy last month, added.

Geagea said the country had a serious chance “to elect a Lebanese-made president.”

He also regretted criticism against outgoing President Michel Sleiman and hailed the latter’s performance throughout his six-year mandate.

“I salute President Michel Sleiman, but I regret that a president who struggled for the country like him gets attacked by some,” he said, in reference to Hezbollah, which has recently found itself at odds with the outgoing president.

Sleiman left Baabda Palace earlier during the day, hours before his term expired, leaving the presidential post in void after lawmakers have failed to elect his successor.





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