Hariri and Geagea speak to reporters at the latter’s Maarab residence.
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced publicly for the first time Monday his commitment to supporting MP Sleiman Frangieh's candidacy for the presidency, quashing chances for a possible change of heart in favor of Frangieh's rival, MP Michel Aoun, who is backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces.Hariri met Monday night with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea at the latter's residence in Maarab, north of Beirut, clearing the air between the two sides following differences over the presidency and a comment by the former premier a day earlier. Geagea responded to Hariri's support for Frangieh's bid by endorsing his war-time foe, Aoun, for the presidency, during a historic reconciliation at Geagea's residence in Maarab last month after more than 28 years of political feuding.Hariri visited Geagea Monday evening in Maarab, hoping to end speculation of strained relations between the March 14 allies over the presidency. Hariri acknowledged differences within the March 14 coalition over the presidency and sought to play down a rift between him and Geagea.
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