From left: Michel Pharaon, Amine Gemayel, Samir Geagea, Saad Hariri and Farid Makari. The March 14 alliance has been shaken after Hariri and Geagea both endorsed their rivals in the March 8 camp for the presidency.
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The Lebanese Forces Tuesday responded to criticism made by a March 14 official against their head Samir Geagea one day earlier, as tensions continue to simmer within the coalition since endorsing rival March 8 officials.The initiative was met with strong opposition from the LF, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Kataeb party.The LF dismissed comments that Geagea had ended the March 14 alliance, while Makari accused him of being unable to lead the group, describing such remarks as "baseless".The bullet pointed LF statement highlighted that Makari made many inaccuracies when discussing the electoral law issue, saying the movement had deliberated with Hariri and other Future Movement officials several times and for over a year to introduce a new voting system.The 'Maarab agreement' refers to the landmark event held at Geagea's (Maarab) residence, which saw Geagea's surprising endorsement of Aoun for the presidency and a reconciliation between the LF-FPM after more than 25 years of bitter ties.
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