Hariri, surrounded by March 14 leaders, pose for a photo at a rally commemorating the 11 year assassination anniversary of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri at BIEL, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2015.
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March 14 leaders Monday rebuffed claims that the movement is faltering, despite a subdued commemoration of the birth of the coalition, but acknowledged that the alliance faces difficulties.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea promised to keep struggling until the goals of the March 14 coalition were achieved.Geagea admitted that the movement was suffering from organizational issues.Geagea stressed that there is no need for a public event with speeches from the coalition's leaders. Deep divisions have recently emerged within the March 14 coalition, with leaders from the group supporting two different March 8 candidates for presidency. Hariri is backing MP Sleiman Frangieh while Geagea is supporting MP Michel Aoun. Soueid pointed out that some of the heads of the movement had lost popularity among their support base, which has been detrimental to the coalition.Jumblatt also referenced the presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon and linked them to the assassination of both his father and Hariri.
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