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Geagea: LF will continue to support candidacy of MP Michel Moawad

Geagea: LF will continue to support candidacy of MP Michel Moawad

Photo shows head of Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea along with French ambassador Anne Grillo, Oct. 5. (Credit: NNA)

BEIRUT — Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told French Ambassador Anne Grillo on Wednesday that his party will continue to support MP Michel Moawad's candidacy for the Lebanese presidency, after his party voted for Moawad on Sept. 29, during the first round of elections.

Moawad did not receive enough votes to be elected president, and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri has yet to set a date for the second round of voting.

"The Lebanese Forces will continue to support the candidacy of MP Michel Moawad because he represents an option and a project that resembles us in terms of his understanding of national sovereignty and his belief in building a state and a non-corrupt administration," Geagea told Grillo during a meeting in Maarab, according to a statement on the LF's website.

Geagea said Lebanon's next president "should be someone who can manage state institutions wisely, solidly, transparently, [lead] away from corruption, and be able to control the borders.” 

Amid a severe economic crisis, Lebanon must elect a president before the end of October, when the mandate of current President Michel Aoun is set to expire. The first round of voting was held Sept. 29, but no candidate was elected.

MPs will be called to a second election session before mid-October, according to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who urged parliamentarians to "assume their responsibilities" in preparation for this deadline. 

Regarding the ongoing maritime border negotiations with Israel, Geagea thanked the United States and France for "their mediation and their supportive efforts to facilitate reaching an agreement.''

On Tuesday, Lebanon submitted a list of modifications to the US proposal on how to delineate a contested maritime border.

US envoy Amos Hochstein has shuttled between Lebanon and Israel since 2020 to broker a deal that would pave the way for offshore energy exploration and defuse a potential source of conflict between Israel and Iran-backed Lebanese group, Hezbollah.


BEIRUT — Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told French Ambassador Anne Grillo on Wednesday that his party will continue to support MP Michel Moawad's candidacy for the Lebanese presidency, after his party voted for Moawad on Sept. 29, during the first round of elections. Moawad did not receive enough votes to be elected president, and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri has yet to set a date...