Geagea says ‘unacceptable’ to re-elect Berri as speaker

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told Al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published on Thursday that Nabih Berri could not remain the speaker of parliament after the upcoming elections.

“Despite our respect towards him, we cannot accept Berri as speaker of parliament due to his current political alignment,” Geagea said

Geagea said that he had discussed this issue with Social Affairs Minsiter Wael Abu Faour, and both agreed that following the upcoming parliamentary elections “it would be unacceptable to return to what was done in 2009,” when Berri was reinstated as speaker.

Asked whether he decided to nominate after the upcoming elections former MP Mohammad Abdel Hamid Baydoun as speaker, Geagea said: “That is not true. We haven’t tackled this issue. We said that we want a speaker of parliament who is in harmony with the new majority and a new harmonious government.”

Lebanese leaders are currently debating the best electoral law to be adopted for the next parliamentary elections in 2013.

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘Speaker of the House’ is supposed to be impartial and make sure the ‘debating rules’ are followed by the others.
    To keep ‘order’ in government.
    Hmmm … searching … searching …. searching ….

    • Lebanon1o452

      wow, 5th drawer is now creating a new political system; after thorough search i saw no so called democratic country where the house cleaner oops i meant the house speaker was impartial; usually he or she belongs to the majority; thats why it is called democracy at least in theory

      • 5thDrawer

        Well, obviously again, your research is faulty. What country’s blogs do you do research in?
        Although I suppose any country can have a ‘speaker’ … but Lebanon is supposed to have ‘Parliamentary’ in it’s descriptive of it’s style of government … so … where parliaments began can be the favoured research spot I think …

        ‘The title was first recorded in 1377 to describe the role of Thomas de Hungerford in the Parliament of England.’
        Jumping ahead in time …..
        ‘In some countries such as the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, this has developed into a convention of scrupulous political neutrality and the speaker resigns from his party, votes only by convention to ensure the government does not fall, and is either not challenged (in the UK) or automatically deemed elected if re-election is sought (in Ireland). Despite these conventions, the speaker is usually elected from among the members of the assembly by the members, and whips are not allowed to be among the selection. In the United Kingdom, a speaker is normally chosen from one of the two largest parties.
        These conventions do not apply in all countries. In Canada, major parties routinely field candidates against a speaker seeking re-election, although there have been exceptions such as the 1968 general election when the parties agreed not to nominate candidates in then-speaker Lucien Lamoureux’s constituency.
        Upper Houses in Westminster style Parliaments often have a presiding office which works differently, following the different conventions that apply in the British House of Lords. The officer may still be titled Speaker, as (since 2006) in the House of Commons, or use a different title, such as “President” as in the Australian Senate.’

        Did you note that line ?? ‘scrupulous political neutrality’
        But I could grant you a slight reprieve when looking at Australia … perhaps you researched there but do not understand the implications fully … which is that Aussie voters still want the speaker to speak for them if they elected him/her … although the position still has it’s job-function, which is ensuring the rules of the ‘house’ are followed.

        ‘In Australia, the speakership is a partisan position and the politically neutral position of the UK has been criticised by the Clerk of that Senate as potentially disenfranchising voters in the Speaker’s seat.’

    • dateam

      thats right he had to help hariri read his speech once….or you forget?? gagea has a short memory…was it not berri that agreed to allow him out of jail? part of the agreement was berri stays house speaker?

      • Lebanon1o452

        lady gaga i meant geagea is not just a thief and a criminal traitor but also a back stabber; you give him food with your hand and he will bite your hand

      • $31060015

        Dateam, 5th and co only like to remember what suits them. Its the same old sad story with most of society. .

    • Patience2

       I think it would be good to simply be rid of Berri and all of the ‘street-turd’ warts clustering around his you-know-what.

      • Lebanon1o452

        we noticed your performance is much better when you do not think

        • $31060015

          Wow Lebanon1o452, I’ve also been noticing the same thing for a while now.

        • Marwan Kassem

          Hahahaha………Agreed

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘Speaker of the House’ is supposed to be impartial and make sure the ‘debating rules’ are followed by the others.
    To keep ‘order’ in government.
    Hmmm … searching … searching …. searching ….

    • Lebanon1o452

      wow, 5th drawer is now creating a new political system; after thorough search i saw no so called democratic country where the house cleaner oops i meant the house speaker was impartial; usually he or she belongs to the majority; thats why it is called democracy at least in theory

      • 5thDrawer

        Well, obviously again, your research is faulty. What country’s blogs do you do research in?
        Although I suppose any country can have a ‘speaker’ … but Lebanon is supposed to have ‘Parliamentary’ in it’s descriptive of it’s style of government … so … where parliaments began can be the favoured research spot I think …

        ‘The title was first recorded in 1377 to describe the role of Thomas de Hungerford in the Parliament of England.’
        Jumping ahead in time …..
        ‘In some countries such as the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, this has developed into a convention of scrupulous political neutrality and the speaker resigns from his party, votes only by convention to ensure the government does not fall, and is either not challenged (in the UK) or automatically deemed elected if re-election is sought (in Ireland). Despite these conventions, the speaker is usually elected from among the members of the assembly by the members, and whips are not allowed to be among the selection. In the United Kingdom, a speaker is normally chosen from one of the two largest parties.
        These conventions do not apply in all countries. In Canada, major parties routinely field candidates against a speaker seeking re-election, although there have been exceptions such as the 1968 general election when the parties agreed not to nominate candidates in then-speaker Lucien Lamoureux’s constituency.
        Upper Houses in Westminster style Parliaments often have a presiding office which works differently, following the different conventions that apply in the British House of Lords. The officer may still be titled Speaker, as (since 2006) in the House of Commons, or use a different title, such as “President” as in the Australian Senate.’

        Did you note that line ?? ‘scrupulous political neutrality’
        But I could grant you a slight reprieve when looking at Australia … perhaps you researched there but do not understand the implications fully … which is that Aussie voters still want the speaker to speak for them if they elected him/her … although the position still has it’s job-function, which is ensuring the rules of the ‘house’ are followed.

        ‘In Australia, the speakership is a partisan position and the politically neutral position of the UK has been criticised by the Clerk of that Senate as potentially disenfranchising voters in the Speaker’s seat.’

    • dateam

      thats right he had to help hariri read his speech once….or you forget?? gagea has a short memory…was it not berri that agreed to allow him out of jail? part of the agreement was berri stays house speaker?

      • Lebanon1o452

        lady gaga i meant geagea is not just a thief and a criminal traitor but also a back stabber; you give him food with your hand and he will bite your hand

      • AntiFSA

        Dateam, 5th and co only like to remember what’s suits them. Its the same old sad story with most of society. .

    • Patience2

       I think it would be good to simply be rid of Berri and all of the ‘street-turd’ warts clustering around his you-know-what.

      • Lebanon1o452

        we noticed your performance is much better when you do not think

        • AntiFSA

          Wow Lebanon1o452, I’ve also been noticing the same thing for a while now.

        • Marwan Kassem

          Hahahaha………Agreed

  • libnan1

    Well, you need to get the majority first. Don’t count your chickens yet. Our glorious leader will get the majority and he will make the decision, I thought you knew that Mr. Geagea ….!!!!!

  • libnan1

    Well, you need to get the majority first. Don’t count your chickens yet. Our glorious leader will get the majority and he will make the decision, I thought you knew that Mr. Geagea ….!!!!!

  • Lebanon1o452

    lek lek hal toz geagea; this guy is a proven criminal and has no civil rights; i wonder why he is allowed to make statements the decision of which belongs to clean non convicted citizens with transparent criminal record; a particular attention should be drawn to the fact that after syria left Lebanon, this criminal geagea never asked to be rejudged again on the crimes he was accused of, i have one in particular that his supporters should be aware of: the massacre of Dany Chamoun and his family; he was granted amnesty but was never innocented

    • Hannibal

      Dory said his brother was killed by Syrian agents. Geagea had nothing to do with it. 
      Signed: The rise of the Guardians

      • dateam

        dory does what dory told otherwise same happens to him…that was gagea..

  • Lebanon1o452

    lek lek hal toz geagea; this guy is a proven criminal and has no civil rights; i wonder why he is allowed to make statements the decision of which belongs to clean non convicted citizen with transparent criminal record; a particular attention should be drawn to the fact that after syria left Lebanon, this criminal geagea never asked to be rejudged again on the crimes he was accused of, i have one in particular that his supporters should be aware of: the massacre of Dany Chamoun and his family; he was granted amnesty but was never innocented

    • Hannibal

      Dory said his brother was killed by Syrian agents. Geagea had nothing to do with it. 
      Signed: The rise of the Guardians

      • dateam

        dory does what dory told otherwise same happens to him…that was gagea..

  • Lebanon1o452

    he would be great for hollywood; he incarnates a real spirit of a criminal

  • Lebanon1o452

    he would be great for hollywood; he incarnates a real spirit of a criminal

  • patriotss

    Christians forces?this clown is satan forces
    thug, liar

  • patriotss

    Christians forces?this clown is satan forces
    thug, liar

  • patriotss

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  • patriotss

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  • Hannibal

    A big explosion in Ashrafieh… Nchallah ma yeb’a 7ajar 3ala 7ajar be Souria… Bashar will burn in HELL… But before he goes there he will have his d!ck chopped off and shoved up his Syrian A55.

    • Persistent

      and the blame game begins…. where motives are in abundance…

  • Hannibal

    A big explosion in Ashrafieh… Nchallah ma yeb’a 7ajar 3ala 7ajar be Souria… Bashar will burn in HELL… But before he goes there he will have his d!ck chopped off and shoved up his Syrian A55.

    • Persistent

      and the blame game begins…. where motives are in abundance…

  • lefthanded

    It is unacceptable for any of these clowns to be re-elected, for years now we live in decline, it’s time for a change, if we always elect the same people we will always be in decline, a very simple concept that we lebanese people refuse to understand.

  • lefthanded

    It is unacceptable for any of these clowns to be re-elected, for years now we live in decline, it’s time for a change, if we always elect the same people we will always be in decline, a very simple concept that we lebanese people refuse to understand.