LF leader Samir Geagea, right, receives MP Ibrahim Kanaan in Maarab, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan said Sunday that his party's founder, Michel Aoun, has become the only presidential nominee whose candidacy comes in line with the National Charter after the Maarab agreement.The Maarab agreement is in reference to the historical reconciliation between Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea and his war-time foe Aoun at the former's residence, where Geagea surprisingly nominated Aoun for the country's top post. While Aoun is now supported by the LF in addition to Hezbollah, Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh was endorsed by his rival Future Movement head Saad Hariri last year. Consequently, Geagea, Hariri's original candidate, was pushed out of the equation, while ties also became strained between long-time allies Frangieh and Aoun. The Metn MP touched on his party's tense ties with Speaker and Amal Movement leader Nabih Berri, saying that the differences with the latter would eventually turn into an agreement as there is no "strategic distance" between the two sides.
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