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Several candidates fit for presidency: Lebanon PM

Prime Minister Tammam Salam delivers a speech at the opening of the two-day World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam has said that there were several candidates qualified to become the country's next president in addition to the current front runners.

"We have no solution but to elect a head of state who is capable of restoring order to political life," Salam told a local daily.

He said that there were "six or seven other names besides the circulated candidates who can do the job." He did not name them.

Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh, who is supported by Speaker Nabih Berri, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Walid Jumblatt and some independent lawmakers, is standing against Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun in the presidential race.

Salam, however, told An-Nahar newspaper that he does not fear "a confrontation" between rivals, as "everyone is in trouble" of facing problems within their parties."

"The only possible thing is to resign from the Cabinet, which doesn't add anything. ... On the contrary, it harms the institutions and presses further collapse," the premier said.

"If the Lebanese are keen to ruin their country, then no international decision can preserve their stability," he said.

The presidential deadlock, now in its third year, has had a heavy impact on the work of the Cabinet and Parliament, with rivals still incapable of electing a head of state by consensus.





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