Report: Franjieh to Kick Off Talks with Independent Figures soon

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh is set to hold a series of talks with independent officials, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

These figures include Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb.

Talks are likely to focus on the lawmaker's presidential bid.

Franjieh announced his nomination of Thursday.

His candidacy has been met with reservations from the March 14 camps of the Kataeb and Lebanese Forces and his ally in the March 8 camp, the Change and Reform bloc.

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 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the polls.

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