Lebanese Forces Leader Samir Geagea’s Interview with MTV

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Jumblat is also against the Maarab agreement but he is smarter than them and we agreed with him in all towns in Upper Metn, Chouf and Aley and we had no problems.

After the North’s elections, Future TV started its news bulletin by saying that the municipal polls had crowned Harb as a king over Tannourine. Sixty percent of voters in Tannourine are members of the Harb family and yet we managed to grab 40% of the vote

All parties are waging a “major war” against the Maarab agreement and even al-Mustaqbal movement is against the Maarab agreement. Hizbullah is also against the Maarab agreement and days ago Naim Qassem said that his party is committed to its allies, not to “the allies of its allies.”

We did not want to return to the previous experiences in Beirut’s elections but we also did not want to create a new problem with al-Mustaqbal movement. We entered the coalition in Beirut because we did not want to deal a new blow to our relation with Mustaqbal and because there was no feasible alternative.

There was no confusion and it was our first attempt. A lot of technical mistakes happened and we will draw lessons from them but all of this does not justify the conclusions that were published in the media.

  • Geagea on Qoubaiyat’s polls: All the electoral battles were imposed on us.

We are seeking to leave behind the traditional considerations and to focus on the factor of competency.

The LF and the FPM are the biggest Christian forces and no other party or figure has the same representation among Christians.

When the Maarab agreement occurred, Pharaon stressed to Hariri that he cannot be against it. We want everyone to be with us but some do not want that – either because of their other ties or because they believe that their political weight is bigger than ours.

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  •  We are seeking to leave behind the traditional considerations and to focus on the factor of competency.

  •  In the 2010 municipal polls, we won by 500 votes in Bsharri while the margin in this year’s elections was 1,000 votes.

  •  There was no confusion and it was our first attempt. A lot of technical mistakes happened and we will draw lessons from them but all of this does not justify the conclusions that were published in the media.

  •  We have never claimed to be a “Christian tsunami.”

  • Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea to MTV: Municipal polls have never reflected the true political strength.

  • Are we supposed to dissolve the LF department in Deir al-Qamar because George Adwan failed to reach an agreement with Dory Chamoun? We have the right to run in any electoral battle. Are they trying to say that any citizen has the right to run in the elections in Qoubaiyat and Tannourine except for the members of the LF and the FPM?
  • We are collecting all the necessary documents to appeal the results of the Qoubaiyat elections. If we gather enough evidence, we will press on with the appeal procedures
  • The Maarab agreement was based on specific points and until now the FPM is still allied with Hizbullah and we are still allied with al-Mustaqbal.
  • In Jounieh’s elections, we supported the list backed by Frem until the end and I did not want a confrontation with the FPM. I feared for Maarab’s coalition after Aoun engaged in Jounieh’s municipal polls and I had to act cautiously.

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