Saniora Says Won't Run in Parliamentary Elections

Ex-PM and Sidon MP Fouad Saniora on Monday announced that he will not run in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Saniora's announcement comes after an overnight meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Speaking at a press conference, Saniora said his decision does not mean that he is quitting al-Mustaqbal Movement.

He revealed that Hariri had urged him in their meeting overnight to re-nominate himself for one of Sidon's two Sunni seats.

Stressing that he belongs to “the heritage of late PM Rafik Hariri” and that he has faith in al-Mustaqbal Movement's “national and reformist vision,” Saniora underline that he will “continue on the same path.”

The ex-PM also voiced pride that he had contributed to the decision that led to the establishment of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon in order to “protect Lebanon's political future.”

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