BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 A.M.) – The leader of the Marada Movement, Sleiman Frangieh, confirmed his presidential candidacy on Monday, stressing that he will not withdraw from the race.
“I will not withdraw [my candidacy]; I am the most relieved because I know what I want and I know that the [presidential] elections will take place. If I lose, I will be braced for it psychologically and politically; and if I win, I will be equally ready. I do recognize the possibility of winning and losing on October 31,” Frangieh told an interview on LBCI.
When asked about Hezbollah’s endorsement for General Michel ‘Aoun, the Minister of Parliament told LBCI that “Hezbollah is ethical; it is my wish that the presidential election does not separate us.”
Frangieh also told LBCI that he has no problem with ‘Aoun winning the election because he been a patient candidate; however, he did attack the Lebanese general for his past.
“We have no problem if Aoun reaches power. We will felicitate him if he wins, because he has been patient and he obtained what he has worked for. But, everyone is known for their history. Neither Aoun nor Geagea had anything to do with the country’s development, stability, and prosperity, but with the time of war, chaos, and criminality,” he noted.
“An agreement between Minister Gebran Bassil and Mr. Nader Hariri called out all the previous agreements. They carried on with Taif Agreement although Aoun was the first to call to amend the presidential powers and Taif,” he indicated.
Frangieh, who said Aoun was indeed a constitutional candidate, considered that the General’s chances to win the polls were stronger than his.