Bassil says not running for president for now, govt. will be formed
Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has noted that he is not a presidential candidate as he reassured that a new government will be formed.
“I won’t become a candidate except after I declare my candidacy, which I haven’t done until now,” Bassil said, in a video interview with Annahar newspaper.
He also reiterated that he will not endorse the nomination of Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh.
Hezbollah chief “Sayyed (Hassan) Nasrallah knows that he cannot persuade me with something I’m not convinced of,” Bassil added.
He also rejected to back the possible nominations of MPs Neemat Frem and Michel Mouawad. “Ethics are everything,” Bassil added, noting that the election of Army chief General Joseph Aoun would require a constitutional amendment.
Asked if he might ever vote for Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea for presidency, Bassil said: “I won’t vote for him and I don’t see him improving with time but rather worsening. Ever since he was jailed until now I have not witnessed a person who has learned or drawn lessons.”
As for the sea border negotiations with Israel, Bassil said: “We have finalized the demarcation agreement regardless of the timing, which I expect to take place prior to the Israeli elections.”
“Hezbollah is more than ready for a war that it does not want,” Bassil warned.
As for the governmental file, the FPM chief said “the government will be formed because no one wants to go into the unknown.”