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Frangieh receives rival Gemayel at north Lebanon home

Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel meets with Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh at the latter's residence in Bneshaai, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (The Daily Star/Marada Movement HO)

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel Saturday met with presidential candidate MP Sleiman Frangieh at the latter's residence in the northern district of Zgharta.

A statement issued by Frangieh's media office said the talks in Bneshaai highlighted various matters, without elaborating. Frangieh is the head of the Marada Movement, which is ideologically opposite Gemayel's group.

Resigned Economy Minister Alain Hakim, MP Samer Saade and several other Kataeb officials accompanied Gemayel.

Lebanon has been without a head of state since the tenure of Michel Sleiman ended in May 2014, making this the longest period without a president the country has experienced.

The presidential race is pitting Frangieh, who is supported by Speaker Nabih Berri, Future Movement chief Saad Hariri, MP Walid Jumblatt and some independent lawmakers, against Change and Reform leader MP Michel Aoun who is backed by Hezbollah, some of its March 8 allies and the Lebanese Forces.

Gemayel has repeatedly said he will not back Frangieh nor Aoun unless they radically change their positions on a host of issues, including their support for Hezbollah's intervention in Syria.

 

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