Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea declared on Wednesday that that the upcoming presidential election of is “100 percent made in Lebanon” and that the country is going through “historic moments”.
“We are living historic moments, even if not everyone is satisfied,” said Geagea in Maarab during a conference on oil and gas exploration in Lebanon.
“We managed to do a lot of things regarding the presidency. There was a veto on the presidential election and there was a very big decision to block it, and I’ll leave it to your imagination to guess where it was coming from,” he added, in a possible reference to Hezbollah and its backer Iran
“Our conscience is clear and we have made a big achievement for the sake of the country,” Geagea boasted.
He also declared that the Lebanese will soon have a “100 percent made in Lebanon” president.
“Some Lebanese refuse to believe that we have a national will. Some countries do not want elections in Lebanon but as soon as some political forces reached an agreement in Lebanon, they managed to reach a 100% ‘made in Lebanon’ presidential vote,” Geagea added.
Geagea , who was the first to announce his presidential bid played a key role in supporting the presidential nomination of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun after LF and FPM parties reached a political agreement following months of rapprochement talks.
Lebanon has been without a president for more than two years, part of a political crisis that has resulted in a breakdown in many basic services and concerns about the country’s stability.
Members of parliament will vote on a president on Oct 31 after former prime minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he would back Aoun as president, part of a deal in which he is expected to again be appointed as prime minister.
Lebanon’s dominant movement, Shiite Hezbollah, is allied to Aoun and its leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday his members of parliament would vote for him in the election.