Report: Marada Says Settlement to Elect Franjieh as President Still Stands

The Marada Movement stressed that efforts are still underway to reach an agreement over the nomination of its chief as president, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.

Sources from the movement told the daily that “the settlement to elect MP Suleiman Franjieh as president still stands.”

“The initiative is facing difficulties, but efforts are ongoing to overcome them,” they explained.

“We are carrying out numerous contacts and meetings on all fronts,” they added.

“Our main goal remains saving the republic and revitalizing political life in the country,” they stressed.

Franjieh emerged in recent weeks as a potential presidential candidate in the wake of a meeting he held with Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri in Paris.

His candidacy is being proposed alongside a settlement that would end the political deadlock in Lebanon.

The efforts to nominate Franjieh have however been met with objections from the Christian parties of the Kataeb, Free Patriotic Movement, and Lebanese Forces.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.

Ongoing disputes between the March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the polls.



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