Report: Geagea Could be Mulling New Presidential Nominee

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Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea could be mulling the possibility of nominating a new candidate for the presidency other than founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun, although a senior source at the party assured otherwise, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

The daily related to Geagea's interview to the Saudi al-Riyadh newspaper where he pointed out and said: “We are looking for a solution to the current crisis, not that because we support Aoun, but because we want to push forward the Lebanese institutions.”

Geagea added that “any breakthrough at the presidential level, no matter who the candidate is, would be better because there is nothing worse than the vacuum and its consequences.”

Political observers said that LF's comments “no matter who the candidate is” can be interpreted as a regress in his commitment to nominate Aoun, and a willingness to accept other candidates for the post, according to the daily.

However, a senior LF source downplayed the suppositions and assured that the “party supports Aoun. The issue is not linked to the person alone but to the presidency as an institution. The primary given that imposes itself here is that Aoun garners Hizbullah's support, although the party is still maneuvering in the presidential file, and on the other hand he enjoys the support of the LF.”

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014.

Hizbullah, MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Geagea withdrew his own candidacy and endorsed Aoun for the post.

Hariri, who is close to Saudi Arabia, launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid argue that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.

Comments 7
Thumb ashtah 09 August 2016, 09:50

You and everybody else can nominate whoever you want, the reality is the terror group is the one making the decisions in this country. It is all your and M14 fault for making one concession after the other.

Thumb Southern...... 09 August 2016, 13:42

initially he considered your cousin's, al nusra terrorists as friendly rebels, but later he changed his mind... changed his mind when he nominated aoun for president, now excpet you, he, the resistance and FPM consider them terrorists and no to negociation.

btw, Nusras still there... the name doesn't count.

Thumb Southern...... 09 August 2016, 13:47

now, the wahhabi bani saud supporters are alone in Lebanon, i recommend u to pick up your things and go, the desert is the right place for primitives like yo

Thumb Southern...... 09 August 2016, 13:47

*** you

Missing humble 10 August 2016, 01:26

Hakim made a Historical mistake.

Thumb ashtah 09 August 2016, 14:59

ردا على ترحيل السويد للبنانيين:الوزير سجعان قزي يريد الرد بالمثل.
أصلا اذا في سويديين تركوا بلدهم واجوا علبنان لازم يتحاكموا مش بس يترحلوا

Thumb shab 09 August 2016, 20:32