FPM leader Michel Aoun receives LF leader Samir Geagea in Rabieh, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Officials on both sides of the political spectrum are bracing themselves for the possibility of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea declaring his support for MP Michel Aoun's candidacy for the presidency against MP Sleiman Frangieh's bid, which is backed by the Future Movement and some regional and international powers.Sources in both the LF and the Free Patriotic Movement said efforts are underway to arrange a meeting between Aoun and Geagea at the latter's residence in Maarab during which the LF chief would announce his endorsement of the FPM founder's candidacy for the country's top Christian post.In sharp contrast, Geagea's support for Aoun's candidacy will not be welcomed by the Kataeb Party, the sources said, adding that the Kataeb will always be skeptical about the continuation of agreement between the Aounists and the LF.Declaration of Geagea's support for Aoun's presidential bid still needs further consultations, according to LF and FPM sources.
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