Geagea vows that next president will be from March 14

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geagea samir def 7Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that the March 14 coalition will work hard on getting a candidate from its alliance elected as the country’s new president.

“The presidential election battle is March 14’s battle,” Geagea said on Tuesday.

He went on to stress that the country needs a “bold” president who would express his opinions rather than act as a neutral head of state.

“The Lebanese need a president who [is not neutral], but rather takes clear and bold stances, because matters related to the [country’s] border, sovereignty, fighting kidnapping gangs, and collecting non-state weapons cannot be dealt with by [simply being neutral].”

Earlier on Tuesday, Future MP Atef Majdalani confirmed that his bloc has no objection to Geagea representing the March 14 alliance in the upcoming presidential elections, and denied rumors that the Future Movement would support Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun as a presidential candidate.

Lebanon must see a new head of state elected prior to the end of President Michel Suleiman’s mandate, which expires on May 25, to avoid any presidential vacuum, as Suleiman has repeatedly refused the extension of his tenure.

Elsewhere, the LF leader noted that Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior Minister Nohad Mashnuq addressed the issue of the rise in kidnappings in the country.

Geagea said that Salam and Mashnuq decided to “put an end to abduction operations once and for all” by implementing a “quick security plan” for the entire Beqaa region.

On Saturday night, Baalbek-Deir al-Ahmar Maronite Bishop Semaan Atallah escaped a kidnapping attempt when his car was chased by two four-wheel-drive vehicles on the Iaat-Deir al-Ahmar road.

The incident was the latest in a series of abduction operations to take place on Lebanese territory, notably in the Beqaa region.

Turning to the recurrent clashes in Tripoli, Geagea called for entrusting the troubled city’s security to the state’s security forces.

“There is only one possible solution, which is for the security forces and the Lebanese army to be in charge of the city’s security once and for all.”

“The army must be [the only force] on the ground, not a separating force between the warring groups,” Geagea added.

Violence returned to the northern port city of Tripoli on March 13, when unknown assailants shot and killed Tripoli resident Walid Barhoum, reigniting Syria-linked clashes between the city’s rival neighborhoods.

At least 25 people have been killed and over 175 injured in the latest round of battles pitting pro-regime Alawites from Jabal Mohsen against Sunnis from Bab al-Tebbaneh, who support the Syrian rebels.

Naharnet

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12 responses to “Geagea vows that next president will be from March 14”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
    nagy_michael2

    Geagea just keep it quiet before you get assasinated by the Party of Allah.. and they will accuse Israel of it.

    1. man-o-war Avatar
      man-o-war

      Hopefully they have planted fields of the life saving flower.

    2. man-o-war Avatar
      man-o-war

      It’s a good thing Geagea only made one enemy throughout his stellar past, lol.

      1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
        nagy_michael2

        Do you mean Aoun or Franjieh or hezbollah? or all the 3 axis of evil..

        1. man-o-war Avatar
          man-o-war

          Not sure, but you only seem to think he’s disliked by one group.

          1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
            nagy_michael2

            Well Michael Hayek predicted in 2013 that Geagea will forge alliance with Hezbollah. Guess not? or do they have any plans behind the Scenes like Assad and Aoun. If he was elected and blessed by Hezbollah then Hayek is right.

  2. master09 Avatar

    He went on to stress that the country needs a “bold” president who would express his opinions rather than act as a neutral head of state.
    Wonder who he talking about.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      How about one with a full hair set? lol

  3. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    If you want a bold president, then bring back Abu Arz. No one else in the present qualifies!
    We can also have Okab Sakr as speaker. President and Speaker with the same surname and full of Lebanese pride! Can’t argue with that.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Hear hear… 7orass btosrokh labayka Lubnan…

      1. Leborigine Avatar
        Leborigine

        Those were the days Hannibal

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Didn’t do anything for women.

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