Jumblat says Mouawad candidacy has hit a dead end
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will not call for a president election session unless there are serious candidates competing for presidency, MTV said Wednesday.
The media outlet added that Berri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat have affirmed that MP and presidential candidate Michel Mouawad has no chances of becoming president.
Jumblat meanwhile told Annahar, in reports published Wednesday, that some parties consider Mouawad as a confrontational candidate.
"Mouawad's candidacy has hit a dead end," Jumblat said.
Both Berri and Jumblat agreed on the need to find other candidates, MTV said, adding that Berri has no veto on the Army chief.
A delegation from the Democratic Gathering Bloc had met Tuesday with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkerki, while Jumblat met with Berri in Ain el-Tineh.
MP Raji Saad from the Democratic Gathering Bloc said after the meeting with al-Rahi that the name of the army chief is in the lead, as Gen. Joseph Aoun has emerged as the strongest candidate during the consultations between the blocs.