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Daher says would choose Aoun over Frangieh for presidency

MP Khaled Daher speaks to reporters from his north Lebanon home, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: North Lebanon MP Khaled Daher Saturday said if he had to choose a presidential candidate from the March 8 coalition, he would prefer Michel Aoun over Sleiman Frangieh since the former "represents the Christian street."

In a news conference from his home in Akkar, the controversial MP said Aoun, who heads the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, "has the ability to... uphold the interests of Lebanon more than Sleiman Frangieh."

He said Aoun was most representative of the Christians in Lebanon, and noted his status as the country's former army chief.

By contrast, Daher said Frangieh, who heads the Marada Movement, is too loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Aoun has been understood as the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition's presidential candidate since elections began in the spring of last year.

But after more than a year-and-a-half-long presidential vacuum, Future Movement head Saad Hariri last month dabbled with the idea of nominating Frangieh, March 8's other main Christian leader, in exchange for himself returning to the premiership.

The initiative has received mixed reactions from figures inside both coalitions. Aoun and the leaders of the two main March 14 Christian parties have rejected the plan.

Daher said while he prefers Aoun over Frangieh, he still prefers there to be a president from either the March 14 camp, or one chosen through an agreement between both sides.

 

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