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Geagea: Tammam Salam’s nomination is “made in Lebanon”

geagea def 21Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea praised the decision taken by the March 14 alliance to nominate MP Tammam Salam to the premiership, describing the choice of his nomination as “Made in Lebanon”

“Salam is a moderate person and posseses characteristics that we desperately need at this particular time ,” Geagea said in comments to al-Akhbar newspaper that were published on Friday.

Geagea denied rumors that Salam was selected by Saudi Arabia as some March 8 media tried to implicate , saying: “When the cabinet of PM Nagib Mikati collapsed we discussed the nomination of several figures including Salam.”

Geagea called for the formation of a neutral cabinet.

“A neutral cabinet that is capable of overseeing the upcoming parliamentary elections and resolving the security and economy crises is the appropriate choice for now “, Geagea said

It appears that Salam has already secured his nomination.

Following March 14’s and the Progressive Socialist Party’s decision to to nominate Salam on Thursday evening, outgoing premier Najib Mikati said in comments published on Friday that he supported Salam.

“I hope that… his nomination will be a unifying factor,” Miqati told An-Nahar newspaper.

Speaker Nabih Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc was the first of the March 8 coalition to officially support Salam.

“The Development and Liberation bloc has decided to nominate Tammam Salam at the head of a consensual nationalist government,” Berri said following a meeting of his bloc at his residence in Ain al-Tineh on Friday.

“The former majority is going up these centrist steps alongside Jumblatt with the hope that we will reach the highest peaks of the nation.” He added

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, also voiced support for Salam.

Just as the parliamentary consultations sponsored by President Michel Suleiman kicked off at 4 pm, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun also threw his party’s support behind Salam.

So far the only declared exception is Marada leader Suleiman Franjiyeh, who announced that he was going to boycott the consultations with the president on Saturday morning.

“ Salam’s announcement of his candidacy on Thursday from the residence of MP Saad Hariri brought to light his obvious allegiance to a political party, therefore I decided to boycott the parliamentary consultations,” Franjieh said on Friday.

According to FPM MP Alain Aoun, PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt engineered the nomination of Salam.

Jumblatt told LBC that he was convinced of the facilitating role that Salam could play as a premier, especially regarding March 8’s main pillar, Hezbollah.

“I allowed myself to nominate Tammam Salam because he is moderate and independent.”

“I told Hezbollah that this person Salam has never said anything bad about the Resistance.” Jumblatt added.

Jumblatt assumed a centrist role following the 2009 elections.

Salam is the son of six-time former PM Saeb Salam and has himself served as culture minister in Fouad Siniora’s cabinet between 2008 and 2009.

He won a seat in parliament in 2009 while running on the March 14’s electoral list in the Beirut III district.

The outgoing cabinet of caretaker PM Nagib Mikati was dominated by Hezbollah and was reportedly “Made in Syria”

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  • Prophettttt

    Tammam Salam’s nomination is “made in SAUDI KINGDOM OF CORRUPTION”. The New Ghazi Kenaan of the kingdom is Bandar Bin Sultan. The whole process is called “Saudimacracy”.

    • Persistent

      You are making up words now, mr smarty pants…lol.. I could not help but laugh when I read “neutral cabinet” as if anyone in Lebanon is neutral. Even new babies are genetically born with a political opinion and standing….Lebanon is the WHORE of the region where everything is exclusively imported and absolutely nothing is local ….Money talks and everyone has a price tag, you should know that being in the fashion business….

      • Prophettttt

        Whore is an understatement,my friend. “Some” lady said once that”Some women spread lies much faster and wider than their legs…………..So they are worse than whores because they are politician”.
        At least whores are more honest because they present the bill ahead of time.

        • Persistent

          lol.

          • Patience2

            Maybe you should …….

          • Persistent

            I am an open minded person, I’ll take your suggestion under advisement ….

        • Persistent

          Here is this one horny guy walking downtown and sees this one lady advertizing her services, he walks up to her and says, I only have $10, what can I get for it? She goes $10…With the day being so slow, she looks up at her menu and says you can get a penguin style…He goes a penguin style, she says yes a penguin style… She takes him in the back alley and tells him drop your pants to your ANKLES, so he does, then she kneels down and does her thing, just before he ……she stops and backs away, suddenly he opens his eyes, shuffles toward her and says why did you stop, she goes this is a penguin style….

          • 5thDrawer

            Never tried anything less than $200. Good thing some take credit cards … ;-)
            You ARE in a funny mood … hmmmm ….

            Cheers. :-)

          • libnan1

            $100 Russian special on Mondays for 3 hrs, 20 yr old college summer exchange students up and down the NJ shore. Money well spent.

          • 5thDrawer

            You mean I picked the wrong beaches ???? :-? Damn …

          • Persistent

            You must have an expensive taste man, may be one day I can join your league…..Some say there are no ugly women, it is just some are prettier than others, what do I know…

          • 5thDrawer

            Well … I wouldn’t go so far as to say that … but there IS prettiness if you look for it.
            We all have preferences … and I save up. :-)))

    • 5thDrawer

      Well Prophet, if he becomes as popular with the general population as Hariri was, you won’t have to kick him around for long. ;-)

    • libnan1

      Did’nt they call his father Masaaeb Salam ???

      • Tk

        All the Masaaeb are comming from your supreme leader .

      • Prophettttt

        His father is credited for, and said to be the first one to use the magic term ;”La Galeb Wala Magloub”.
        I have no problem with the man as a person. I believe He’s a man of integrity,but we know that nothing is made in Lebanon;Things are made either in Assadland ,or Bandarland,or Uncle Sam ‘s land,or Shalom land.lol
        He’s is a typical Lebanese politician who inherited a last name which “entitled” him to be a “leader”.
        He could not beat Hariri Sr. He joined MiniHariri in order to survive.

    • nagy_michael2

      If Tammam Salam secured in Saudi Arabia, so why did most of M8 voted for him? does it really matter where he is made? after all hezbollah will always have the last say in any matters or affairs in lebanon. Hariri couldn’t accomplish anything with HA presence and control. so what difference does it make?

      • Prophettttt

        Why wouldn’t they? And who said that M8 will oppose everything the Saudis suggest.This is after all politics.
        M8 made it clear that MiniHariri,Saniora, Rifi, and Mikata are not acceptable,So Bandarland of Saudimacracy had to work with Berri and Jumblat to come up with a person who is not provocative to M8,and Salam was that person.

  • Prophettttt

    Tammam Salam’s nomination is “made in SAUDI KINGDOM OF CORRUPTION”. The New Ghazi Kenaan of the kingdom is Bandar Bin Sultan. The whole process is called “Saudimacracy”.

    • Persistent

      You are making up words now, mr smarty pants…lol.. I could not help but laugh when I read “neutral cabinet” as if anyone in Lebanon is neutral. Even new babies are born with a political opinion and standing….Lebanon is the WHORE of the region where everything is exclusively imported and absolutely nothing is local ….Money talks and everyone has a price tag, you should know that being in the fashion business….

      • Prophettttt

        Whore is an understatement,my friend. “Some” lady said once that”Some women spread lies much faster and wider than their legs…………..So they are worse than whores because they are politician”.
        At least whores are honest since they present the bill ahead of time.

        • Persistent

          It sounds like you may have had a run with those nice ladies at some point, it sounds like you know their trade……I am in a funny mood today and no I am not drinking or smoking anything…lol.

          • Patience2

            Maybe you should …….

          • Persistent

            I am an open minded person, I’ll take your suggestion under advisement ….

        • Persistent

          Here is this one horny guy walking downtown and sees this one lady advertizing her services, he walks up to her and says, I only have $10, what can I get for it? She goes $10…With the day being so slow, she looks up at her menu and says you can get a penguin style…He goes a penguin style, she says yes a penguin style… She takes him in the back alley and tells him drop your pants to your ANKLES, so he does, then she kneels down and does her thing, just before he ……she stops and backs away, suddenly he opens his eyes, shuffles toward her and says why did you stop, she goes this is a penguin style….

          • 5thDrawer

            Never tried anything less than $200. Good thing some take credit cards … ;-)
            You ARE in a funny mood … hmmmm ….

            Cheers. :-)

          • libnan1

            $100 Russian special on Mondays for 3 hrs, 20 yr old college summer exchange students up and down the NJ shore. Money well spent.

          • 5thDrawer

            You mean I picked the wrong beaches ???? :-? Damn …

          • Persistent

            You must have an expensive taste man, may be one day I can join your league…..Some say there are no ugly women, it is just some are prettier than others, what do I know…

          • 5thDrawer

            Well … I wouldn’t go so far as to say that … but there IS prettiness if you look for it.
            We all have preferences … and I save up. :-)))

    • 5thDrawer

      Well Prophet, if he becomes as popular with the general population as Hariri was, you won’t have to kick him around for long. ;-)

    • libnan1

      Did’nt they call his father Masaaeb Salam ???

      • Tk

        All the Masaaeb are comming from your supreme leader .

      • Prophettttt

        His father is credited for, and said to be the first one to use the magic term ;”La Galeb Wala Magloub”.
        I have no problem with the man as a person. I believe He’s a man of integrity,but we know that nothing is made in Lebanon;Things are made either in Assadland ,or Bandarland,or Uncle Sam ‘s land,or Shalom land.lol

    • nagy_michael2

      If Tammam Salam secured in Saudi Arabia, so why did most of M8 voted for him? does it really matter where he is made? after all hezbollah will always have the last say in any matters or affairs in lebanon. Hariri couldn’t accomplish anything with HA presence and control. so what difference does it make?

      • Prophettttt

        Why wouldn’t they? And who said that M8 will oppose everything the Saudis suggest.This is after all politics.
        M8 made it clear that MiniHariri,Saniora, Rifi, and Mikata are not acceptable,So Bandarland of Saudimacracy had to work with Berri and Jumblat to come up with a person who is not provocative to M8,and Salam was that person.

  • Constantin7

    I have nothing against the man, but he started on the wrong foot by visiting first Saudi Arabia, showing foreign allegiance and setting the stage for his mandate. However, in comparison with Mikati, who was made in Syria, which has a much bigger interest in controlling Lebanon than any other country, the visit to Saudi Arabia becomes a minor factor.

  • Constantin7

    I have nothing against the man, but he started on the wrong foot by visiting first Saudi Arabia, showing foreign allegiance and setting the stage for his mandate. However, in comparison with Mikati, who was made in Syria, which has a much bigger interest in controlling Lebanon than any other country, the visit to Saudi Arabia becomes a minor factor.

  • joey

    there is no such thing called made in lebanon we only have some stupid brains more then 35 years of war and we still we can not solve our differences by the way geagea is there stamp on his back side stated made in lebanon or that was a wild guess

    • 5thDrawer

      Did you ever consider, Joey, that it was that WAR which scrambled the brains to such an extent?
      A result of ‘shell-shock’ and living in daily fear for 25 years and more? And even after as you note, the aggravation of other ‘factors’ controlling the lives of everyone with the same fears – with the possible exception of some Hariri years, until the ‘shock’ of his ending – and the ongoing struggles to form a life in the midst of never-ending turmoil?
      The fact that people are not educated to recognize the often-embedded reactions to certain outside influences (the pop of a gun, crackle of weapon-fire, thump of an RPG) within themselves, has been a factor in all societies (and armies) who have had to live through it. But only in more recent times has it been something recognized as an on-going problem. (After the Korean war?)
      Study the ones coming out of Syria now. The UN knows there is another generation or two being formed there with slightly battered brains – and it is not possible for all of us to do the self-analysis needed to stay ‘on-track’, with better human endeavours than lifting a rifle.
      People are continually beaten down by that fear. ‘Made in Lebanon’ includes cardio-vascular and nervous-tension problems few are willing to talk about, and fewer willing to listen to. Living ‘on the edge’ is not good for most humans. For some, the only answer they know is prayer … and that hasn’t made much of a difference at all, because it’s the same as politics – an attempt to put one’s problems on the shoulders of someone else, who may indeed be suffering with a more-scrambled brain than anyone suspects.
      (Look at Aoun, for instance. ;-)
      Geagea is right in one aspect … this ‘System’ is indeed ‘Made in Lebanon’. And he is the only one of the ‘tops’ who had some years in a prison to reflect on some of his life … although I’m not saying it could have been a ‘cure’. I doubt there IS a cure – until 2 generations go by in peace, and the ‘first answer’ in a brain is something other than lifting a gun.

  • joey

    there is no such thing called made in lebanon we only have some stupid brains more then 35 years of war and we still we can not solve our differences by the way geagea is there stamp on his back side stated made in lebanon or that was a wild guess

    • 5thDrawer

      Did you ever consider, Joey, that it was that WAR which scrambled the brains to such an extent?
      A result of ‘shell-shock’ and living in daily fear for 25 years and more? And even after as you note, the aggravation of other ‘factors’ controlling the lives of everyone with the same fears – with the possible exception of some Hariri years, until the ‘shock’ of his ending – and the ongoing struggles to form a life in the midst of never-ending turmoil?
      The fact that people are not educated to recognize the often-embedded reactions to certain outside influences (the pop of a gun, crackle of weapon-fire, thump of an RPG) within themselves, has been a factor in all societies (and armies) who have had to live through it. But only in more recent times has it been something recognized as an on-going problem. (After the Korean war?)
      Study the ones coming out of Syria now. The UN knows there is another generation or two being formed there with slightly battered brains – and it is not possible for all of us to do the self-analysis needed to stay ‘on-track’, with better human endeavours than lifting a rifle.
      People are continually beaten down by that fear. ‘Made in Lebanon’ includes cardio-vascular and nervous-tension problems few are willing to talk about, and fewer willing to listen to. Living ‘on the edge’ is not good for most humans. For some, the only answer they know is prayer … and that hasn’t made much of a difference at all, because it’s the same as politics – an attempt to put one’s problems on the shoulders of someone else, who may indeed be suffering with a more-scrambled brain than anyone suspects.
      (Look at Aoun, for instance. ;-)
      Geagea is right in one aspect … this ‘System’ is indeed ‘Made in Lebanon’. And he is the only one of the ‘tops’ who had some years in a prison to reflect on some of his life … although I’m not saying it could have been a ‘cure’. I doubt there IS a cure – until 2 generations go by in peace, and the ‘first answer’ in a brain is something other than lifting a gun.