Sources Say Lebanese Firm Tasked with Carrying Out Presidential Survey

A Lebanese polling and research firm has been tasked with carrying out a survey proposed by the Free Patriotic Movement to help ease the presidential deadlock, al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported on Monday.

Sources told the daily that Statistics Lebanon, which was established in 1994, will ask a sample of 4,600 Christians who their candidate for the presidency is.

The sample will include Christians from different sects who will be chosen randomly, they said.

FPM leader MP Michel Aoun had proposed to organize the survey to determine which Christian party or parties are the most influential in the country.

His idea has garnered the support of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh despite his call for tasking several firms to carry out the poll.

However, the Kataeb Party has expressed reservations.

Baabda Palace has been vacant since the six-year tenure of President Michel Suleiman ended in May last year.

The rivalry between Aoun and Geagea is partly to be blamed for the presidential deadlock.

The two leaders announced last month a declaration of intent, which as a first step, will likely be put into effect through the implementation of Aoun's proposal to carry out the poll.



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