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Gathering, not rally to mark March 14: Geagea

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during the seventh anniversary of the assassination of Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition will hold a gathering, not a rally, to mark the seventh anniversary of the “Cedar Revolution,” Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced Wednesday.

He said the occasion, which falls on March 14, will be celebrated in a gathering similar to that of the Bristol gathering.

Geagea, who was speaking to reporters at his headquarters in Maarab, said the gathering would be held at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center (BIEL) in Downtown Beirut.

“A political manifesto outlining March 14’s future vision, which is currently being prepared, will be presented during the gathering,” Geagea said.

The Future Movement-led March 14 alliance is named after the day the “Cedar Revolution” protests launched, when Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut in overwhelming numbers to demand an end to nearly 30 years of Syrian tutelage over Lebanon.

The demonstrations were triggered by the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an act many leaders in the March 14 coalition had blamed on Syria.

In the wake of strong rejection of a parliamentary electoral law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering, chances are reportedly high for a return to the 1960 election law.

Geagea confirmed that a parliamentary electoral law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering has been dropped.

He said in-depth talks were under way with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement in a bid to draft a new election law.

 

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