Report: LF Informs March 14 its Intention to Back Aoun for Presidency, Mustaqbal and Kataeb Reject

Fecha de publicación: 
11 Ene 2016

The Lebanese Forces has informed the March 14 alliance that the LF would back Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

The newspaper said that LF lawmaker George Adwan made the announcement on his party's serious intention to back Aoun during a meeting that was held by the coalition’s leaders on Sunday night.

Adwan urged them “to deal with this option calmly,” it said.

If the report was true, then it means the LF is giving up the candidacy of its leader Samir Geagea in favor of his rival Aoun.

Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri, who leads the alliance, has backed Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency.

According to An Nahar, al-Mustaqbal informed Adwan during Sunday's meeting that choosing Aoun as president means handing over Lebanon's political-decision making to Hizbullah, Aoun's main ally, and the Iranian axis.

Al-Mustaqbal also told the LF official that Franjieh would not succumb to the pressure exerted by Hizbullah.

The representative of the Kataeb Party expressed a similar stance, An Nahar said, without giving further details.