Marada Party leader Sleiman Frangieh. (The The Daily Star/Marada media office, HO)
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The Kataeb Party said Friday it would not back any candidate with a "March 8 platform" for the presidency, a resounding "No" to Michel Aoun and Sleiman Frangieh's bids, as sources said Hezbollah won't exert pressure on its allies to facilitate the election.A March 8 minister said Hezbollah's firm support for Aoun's candidacy for the presidency has not changed despite Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea's endorsement of this candidacy. "Hezbollah is in consultation and dialogue with its [March 8] allies over the presidency issue," the minister told The Daily Star. He refused to comment on Geagea's call on Hezbollah to bring pressure to bear on March 8 allies to vote for MP Aoun and on MP Frangieh to withdraw from the presidency race. Despite Geagea's support for Aoun, Frangieh has vowed to stay in the presidency race.Geagea's decision to back Aoun comes as Hariri's initiative supporting Frangieh's presidential bid has been stymied by vehement opposition from the three main Christian parties: The FPM, the LF and the Kataeb Party.Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel poured cold water on both Aoun's and Frangieh's candidacies, accusing the two candidates of serving the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition's political project.
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