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Hariri: “Hezbollah is stalling”

BEIRUT | - February 16, 2016, 15h54
Hariri on Feb 14, 2016 in Beirut during the commemoration of his father's death.

In a discussion with journalists at the Center House today, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that "the most important thing we are working to achieve is the presidential election, because electing a new president is the only matter that would put Lebanon on the right track."

He said: “We have a democratic system in Lebanon and a democratic game. There are three candidates. This is why we should all go to parliament and elect a president and let one of those win and we will congratulate him whoever he is.

Hariri described the reconciliation between the Lebanese Forces head Dr. Samir Geagea and the head of the Reform and Change bloc Michel Aoun as a positive thing. He said: We believe that it is the constitutional right of Dr. Geagea to nominate whomever he wants for the presidency, as we are free to nominate whomever we want. There must be realism and balance in the country, and let everyone remember that there was no talk of the presidential election before I took my initiative.

Asked whether he accuses Hezbollah of blocking the presidential election, he replied: We should not say that Hezbollah does not want a president of the Republic to be elected. In my opinion, it is stalling and taking its time.

Asked whether he will personally participate in the national dialogue tomorrow, he said that former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora will.

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