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Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, speaks during a news conference at his house in Maarab villageLebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated that the deterioration of the situation in Lebanon led him to run in the presidential elections, reported the Saudi daily al-Watan.

He told the daily: “I would not have run in the elections if I was not certain of the March 14 alliance’s support for me.”

He made his remarks in an interview to the daily that will be published on Monday.

“The alliance is very close to endorsing my candidacy,” continued Geagea.

“We have our own political agenda and we must seek, with all our powers, to implement it,” he stressed.

“Lebanon has become an open ground for chaos, which leaves it vulnerable to further deterioration,” warned the LF chief.

“Traditional remedies” are no longer possible given this reality,” he noted.

Geagea therefore urged officials to assume their responsibilities towards the state and citizens.

“Strong individuals should assume official posts in order to strengthen the state,” he declared.

“Lebanon should have a strong president who is capable of implementing a strong political program,” he continued.

Geagea is so far the only official to announce his nomination for the presidential elections.

He is scheduled to announce his program next week.

Lebanese media have in recent weeks identified other presidential hopefuls as Kataeb Party chief and ex-President Amin Gemayel and MPs Butros Harb and Robert Ghanem, who are like Geagea members of the March 14 alliance.

Other potential candidates are Hezbollah allies Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh.

Naharnet

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