LF leader Samir Geagea says FPM and Hezbollah are responsible for presidential vacuum. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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As Parliament is scheduled to meet to extend its mandate this week, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Sunday ruled out the election of a new president soon, linking the presidency issue to regional bargaining.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, meanwhile, warned against attempts to change the country's power-sharing system between Muslims and Christians in favor of a tripartite formula between Christians, Sunnis and Shiites. The country's major Christian parties, the Free Patriotic Movement, the Kataeb Party and the Lebanese Forces, have spoken out against the extension, but it is unlikely that their members will boycott the session.Geagea, the March 14-backed candidate for the presidency, renewed his call on his Christian political archfoe, MP Michel Aoun, for talks to agree on a consensus president as a way to break the five-month-long deadlock.Geagea along with March 14 parties have accused Aoun and Hezbollah of scuttling the presidential vote by boycotting Parliament sessions to elect a president.Rai reiterated his call on Parliament to quickly elect a president, while warning against any attempt to change the power-sharing system between Muslims and Christians to a tripartite formula between Christians, Sunnis and Shiites.
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