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Report: LF-FPM to Continue Efforts to Reach United Stand on Legislative Session

The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement will continue their contacts to reach a united stance on the upcoming legislative session, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

LF chief Samir Geagea and Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan had held talks to that end on Saturday.

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Geagea Says Direct Presidential Elections are Impossible

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea has rejected calls made by the Change and Reform bloc leader, MP Michel Aoun, for direct presidential elections.

The election of a president by the people requires a huge change for the regime and needs calm and deep thinking, Geagea said in an interview with the Qatari al-Watan newspaper published on Thursday.

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Qatar Emir Promises Geagea to Exert All Efforts to Free Captive Servicemen

Qatar's Emir vowed during talks with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Monday that Doha would exert all efforts to resolve the case of the captive servicemen.

The LF leader, his wife MP Sethrida Geagea and the accompanying delegation met with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha in the presence of the Qatari Foreign Minister, Khalid al-Attiyah.

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Report: Gemayel Mulling Cabinet and Dialogue Boycott

Kataeb leader Sami Gemayel has reportedly warned that his party's representatives would suspend their participation in the cabinet if it failed to resolve the waste crisis this week.

“We will have to suspend our participation in the government if no solution was found to the garbage (crisis) this week,” a source in the March 14 alliance quoted Gemayel as saying.

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Geagea Travels to Qatar for Official Visit

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea traveled Sunday to Qatar for an official visit, state-run National News Agency reported.

He was accompanied by his wife MP Sethrida Geagea and an LF delegation comprising ex-minister Tony Karam, foreign affairs officer Pierre Bou Assi and Gulf dept. official Fadi Salameh, NNA said.

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Geagea Slams Division of Shares, Describes Dialogue as 'Waste of Time'

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea announced on Saturday that the LF will not participate in a dialogue that Speaker Nabih Berri has called for to tackle Lebanon's controversial issues, describing it a “waste of time.”

“The dialogue will be similar to its predecessors. Consequently, it is a waste of time,” Geagea said about previous all party-talks held under former President Michel Suleiman.

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Salam Adamant to Implement Cabinet Decisions

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has stressed that decisions taken by the majority of cabinet members will be implemented despite attempts by some parties to obstruct them.

“Even in the presence of a president, the Constitution grants him a time limit to review the decisions. They will be implemented when the deadline expires,” Salam told al-Akhbar daily in an interview published on Tuesday.

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Geagea Urges Salam Not to Resign, Says Protesters Must Seek President Election

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday urged Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign before the election of a new president, while warning anti-government protesters that “anger” alone cannot resolve the country's growing crises.

“The grievances of the protesters are our grievances ... The garbage crisis has reached an unaccepted level,” said Geagea at a press conference in Maarab.

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Geagea Says Aoun Not Hizbullah's 'Real Candidate'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday noted that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is not Hizbullah's “real” presidential candidate, despite the party's declared stance.

“Hizbullah's real candidate is not General Aoun and it is leaving its actual nominee undeclared until the time of settlement comes,” said Geagea in an interview with Future television.

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Geagea Hails Asir's Arrest despite his Disguise 'while Known Killers Run Free'

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea praised on Sunday the security agencies for their arrest of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, deeming it a “major achievement.”

He wondered however: “How is it that Asir was arrested, despite his full disguise and fake passport, while the same agencies have failed to arrest the killers of Hashem al-Salman and Sobhi and Nadimeh Fakhri even though they never wore a disguise?”

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