Hariri endorses Aoun for Lebanon presidency

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has formally endorsed Michel Aoun for the post of president.

“Lebanon needs to desperately reach a political solution and therefore I am formally endorsing Michel Aoun for the post of president of the country,” Hariri told a room full of politicians and reporters on Thursday night.

Aoun is the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, the largest Christian political party in Lebanon.

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Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 and has been ranked first on the list of Arab worlds’ most corrupt countries.

Lebanon has been at the forefront of two of the biggest crises the world is facing today – refugees and terrorism. With the country bordering war-torn Syria on its northern and eastern fronts, a spillover of extremist fighters and the influx of refugees, the situation is escalating.

Hariri referenced neighboring Syria as one of the main reasons for coming out to endorse Aoun and urged Lebanese citizens to rally behind a candidate.

“Lebanon has experienced one of its hardest times. Especially with the warring conflict in Syria which Lebanon has been effected greatly. It is time to rally behind Aoun, even though some of will undoubtedly criticize today’s announcement.”

Al Arabiya English’s Tarek Ali-Ahmad contribued to this report.

Last Update: Thursday, 20 October 2016 KSA 17:46 - GMT 14:46