A Lebanese Forces delegation led by MP Sethrida Geagea on Tuesday held talks in Bkirki with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.
Speaking after the meeting, Geagea called for the election of a “sovereign, reformist president as soon as possible.”
“I would like to address a message to all those who are betting on foreign interferences in the presidential elections file and to tell them that their bets are not correct at all and that waiting for the foreign forces to intervene would be a big mistake,” Geagea added.
“The world is preoccupied with its issues and problems and the waiting will be too lengthy, whereas neither the country nor the people can bear further waiting,” the MP said.
Asked about the presidential initiative of Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat, Geagea wished if he had “coordinated” it with the LF, noting that “Speaker Nabih Berri has not agreed to give up support for Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh.”
“To date, our candidate is MP Michel Mouawad and everyone must commit to the mechanism that Patriarch al-Rahi will lay out for the (Christian) MPs’ meeting,” the LF lawmaker added.
“Our duty is to protect Bkirki and we certainly are not imposing conditions. We rather demonstrated our vision for the appropriate mechanism to ensure positive results from the meeting,” Geagea went on to say.
She added: “We urged Patriarch al-Rahi to join us in pressing for the election of a president, and from this place I call on the MPs of the sovereign parties and the Change and independent lawmakers to cooperate in the issue of electing a president, in order to secure the election of sovereign, salvation and reformist president as soon as possible.”
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