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Geagea warns postponing elections would condemn Lebanon to 'slow death'

Christian Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea on April 26, 2012 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/GettyImages]
Christian Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea on April 26, 2012 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/GettyImages]

Leader of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, has accused Hezbollah and its ally, President Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, of working to postpone the parliamentary election set for March over fears of electoral losses, warning such a move would condemn Lebanon to a "slow death".

"Hezbollah and the Movement are near certain that they will lose their parliamentary majority," Geagea said in an interview with Reuters.

"If we want to start a new rescue process, it is with this election in particular, and therefore it is unacceptable for whatever reason to postpone or cancel," he said.

Geagea said the most important thing in these elections is to come out with a different parliamentary majority, noting that if this does not happen, "the Lebanese will not have shouldered their responsibilities, and the situation will continue as it is."

The Lebanese people fear the elections may be postponed for two months, amid accusations that Hezbollah is working to obstruct them, but expectations indicate that they will be held in the spring of 2022 at the latest.

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