Rafiq Hariri’s son seeks Chirac's counsel

21st April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 21 (AFP) - Saad Hariri, son of the murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, had talks with French President Jacques Chirac Thursday and held open the possibility that he may stand for parliament in the coming Lebanese elections.

PARIS, April 21 (AFP) - Saad Hariri, son of the murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, had talks with French President Jacques Chirac Thursday and held open the possibility that he may stand for parliament in the coming Lebanese elections.

Hariri, 35, has been given the task by his family of continuing the political legacy of his father, who was killed in an explosion in Beirut in February.

"Ever since it was decided in the family that I should enter politics, it was normal for me to visit my father's great friend to thank him for all he has done for Lebanon and for always being at our side," Hariri said after his meeting at the Elysee palace.

Asked if he will stand in elections which are due by the end of next month, he said he would make a decision once the interim Lebanese government has passed the necessary electoral law.

"When there is a law, we will decide whether or not I am to stand," he said.

Chirac was a close personal friend of Rafiq Hariri.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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