BEIRUT: A recent Facebook campaign to support an opposition figure’s candidacy for president has been shut down, pro-opposition media outlets said Wednesday.
The campaign, launched Sunday, gained the support of around 80,000 people before its organizers took the move. They sought to endorse the candidacy of Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, the former head of the opposition National Coalition, in presidential polls scheduled for early summer.
Khatib initially responded with cautious support for the move without “accepting” the notion of running, before declaring categorically that he would not run in any election organized by the regime.
Walid al-Bunni, an opposition figure, commented that the initiative resembled the “tossing of a stone into the still waters” of political life, and said Khatib and those behind the campaign should not be blamed for their efforts to introduce a bit of energy and vitality into opposition circles.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 06, 2014, on page 8.