Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh stressed on Friday that his allies ( Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian president Bashar al Assad ) will not ask him to withdraw his presidential bid and vowed to stay in the presidential race till the very end and as long as 1 MP supports his bid.
“My allies will not ask me to withdraw my nomination and my candidacy for the presidency still stands,” said Franjieh after a meeting he held with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.
Slamming media reports alleging that former PM and and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri might reconsider his nomination for Franjieh, the latter said: “Hariri’s initiative with regard to the presidency still stands. Reports that my nomination has been withdrawn are untrue.”
Franjieh on the other and assured that he will not obstruct the election of any figure that garners national consensus, he stated: “We will not stand in the face of anyone who garners national consensus.”
Reports claimed recently that Hariri will soon agree on electing founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun instead of Franjieh.
Hariri launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country’s main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.
The Lebanese parliament failed again earlier this month and and for the 42nd time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014.
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session, because they could not reportedly guarantee Aoun’s election as a president.
Amal Movement leader, Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to August 8, 2016.
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