Report: Geagea asks Bassil to back him for presidency

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has communicated with Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil over the past two days, through the official channel between them, asking the FPM leader to support his nomination for the presidency, a media report said.

Geagea’s messages included an “acknowledgement” that it would be “difficult” to see him elected president, but he asked Bassil to back him “under the excuse of blocking (the election of Suleiman) Franjieh,” al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Franjieh had on Sunday called for “accepting the principle of dialogue and agreeing on a full package” or “going to elections between the two main political camps in the country,” noting that he and Geagea would represent the two camps in such an election.

“We would congratulate the winner,” he added, noting that such an approach would “restore the prestige of the presidential vote, the presidential race and the presidency itself.”

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