Lebanese Forces deputy chief MP George Adwan stressed Friday that the LF's stance on the presidential elections cannot be influenced by “all the advices that come from ambassadors,” noting that the party cares about “the project, not the candidate.”
“All the advices that come from ambassadors do not influence us, as we know our interest more than them, and we have observed how their advices led to the destruction of major countries,” Adwan said in an interview on al-Jadeed television.
“The settlement must be in the interest of citizens and not at their expense,” he underlined.
Turning to the frayed relations with al-Mustaqbal movement in the wake of Franjieh's nomination, Adwan added: “We are in disagreement but we are keen not to turn it into a dispute.”
Asked about a possible visit to Saudi Arabia by LF leader Samir Geagea, the lawmaker noted that “no imminent visit is scheduled.”
A Paris meeting last month between Franjieh and al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri had triggered intense speculation that a presidential settlement was in the making.
But the initiative appears to be on the verge of collapse in recent days after it drew objections and reservations from the country's main Christian parties – the LF, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Kataeb Party.
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 rival March 8 and 14 alliances over a consensual candidate have thwarted the polls.
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