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The Lebanese Forces Thursday rebuffed claims made by daily newspaper Al-Akhbar that LF leader Samir Geagea attempted to replace Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the behest of Saudi Arabia.Al-Akhbar, which is widely considered a pro-Hezbollah newspaper, noted that Geagea visited Saudi Arabia in September.The report alleged that, following this exchange, the Saudi crown prince reached out to Hariri's aunt, MP Bahia Hariri, and other members of the Hariri family, inviting them to Riyadh to discuss a potential successor to the prime minister.Though a Future Movement official also told the paper that Kataeb chief MP Sami Gemayel, who also visited Riyadh in September, did not figure in the plans, "no one depends on him," the official told Al-Akhbar.
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