Geagea rejected any attempts to link the presidential vote to a package deal.
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Hezbollah holds the key to the presidential election if it is really serious about supporting MP Michel Aoun's candidacy, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said Wednesday. Geagea said the moment of the truth has come for the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition to translate their declared support for Aoun's presidential bid into action. He also strongly denied that his endorsement of Aoun's candidacy for the presidency was in response to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's support for MP Sleiman Frangieh's bid. Hariri and Hezbollah have not yet commented on Geagea's endorsement of Aoun's candidacy, while Berri said the LF chief's move was not sufficient to break the 20-month-old presidential deadlock.Geagea's support for Aoun's candidacy is essentially aimed at undermining the Marada Movement leader's presidential chances, especially after the LF leader called on his allies in the March 14 coalition, led by the Future Movement, to rally behind Aoun's bid. But Geagea vehemently denied that his endorsement of Aoun's candidacy was in response to Hariri's support for Frangieh 's bid. Geagea's decision to back Aoun comes as Hariri's initiative supporting Frangieh's presidential bid has been bogged down after drawing strong opposition from the three main Christian parties: the FPM, the LF and the Kataeb Party.
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