Lebanon needs a strong president, not a multi-colored consensus seeker says Geagea


geagea press conf 2Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that a strong president is the only solution to Lebanon’s problems, emphasizing that the country’s next leader must speak clearly and favor the state’s interests over all others.

“[There is] no strong president who wears multiple colors. He who is with the state alone is the only strong president, he who does not flirt with the statelet, does not fear the statelet, and does not have a thousand tongues and faces.”

“There is no deliverance without a strong republic, no strong republic without a strong president, no strong president without clarity, and no strong president without rectitude and a firm stance,” Geagea said during a political meeting on Friday.

He added: “The strong president is he who states clearly what he wants, he who enters the battlefield in front of the people, not in embassies or closed rooms.”

“The strong, strong president is he who has not once sought a position, office or interest, but has sought only to be a strong president in a strong republic.”

Lebanon is set to elect a new head of state prior to the end of President Michel Suleiman’s mandate, which expires on May 25, to avoid a power vacuum.

The constitution stipulates that between March 25 and May 15, the parliament can convene at any time to elect a new president.

If it has not done so by May 15, the parliament will be considered automatically in session for the following 10 days, in which a new president must be elected.

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