LF MP George Adwan, Geagea and Aoun toast their agreement at Maarab.
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Notwithstanding its significance, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's decision to back his old-time rival MP Michel Aoun for the presidency is not sufficient to help end the presidential vacuum, now in its 20th month, political analysts said Tuesday.Haddad said that the presidential battle is now confined to two candidates from the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance: Aoun, backed by Geagea, and lawmaker Sleiman Frangieh, supported by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Frangieh vowed to stay in the presidency race in defiance of Geagea's support for Aoun's candidacy.Described by the local media as "a Christian coup" and an "intifada (uprising) against the March 14 coalition, Geagea's endorsement of Aoun's candidacy, announced at a joint news conference at the LF chief's residence in Maarab Monday, was primarily aimed at undercutting Frangieh's presidential chances. Geagea, who staunchly rejected Frangieh's candidacy, appealed to his allies in the March 14 coalition, led by the Future Movement, to rally behind Aoun's bid. Geagea's decision to back Aoun comes as Hariri's initiative supporting Frangieh's presidential bid has been stymied after drawing vehement opposition from the three main Christian parties: the Lebanese Forces, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Kataeb Party.
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