Franjieh says he and Aoun are presidential candidiates

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Marada movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh revealed on Thursday that both and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun are candidates for the presidency and urged the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance to pick one of them as the candidate of the coalition .

In an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV Franjieh vowed on Thursday not to extend President Michel Suleiman’s term :

“I will not back the extension of President Michel Suleiman’s mandate no matter what my allies did.”Franjieh a key ally of Hezbollah and a staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al Assad said.

Franjieh accused the president of being biased and part of the conflict between the March 8 and 14 alliances.” He is not a centrist”, he said.

The MP warned that the president was throwing the country into an abyss.

Commenting on the reports that President Michel Suleiman and PM designate Tammam Salam are working on forming a neutral cabinet Franjieh said:
“Formation of fait acompli cabinet will endanger Lebanon ”

“Any cabinet that strikes the plans of the resistance or the Taef Accord would lead to a problem,” Franjieh warned.

“Alarms will sound in the event a government is formed the wrong way, in other words a neutral government. At that point we will head towards the unknown,” he added

His remarks came amid a similar warning made by Hezbollah ‘s number 2 deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Thursday after Suleiman hinted that he would form a fait accompli cabinet over the failure of the rivals to reach an agreement.

Qassem lashed out at proposals to form a neutral cabinet, saying such a government would spread “chaos, danger and complications.”

Hezbollah is calling for the formation of an all-embracing cabinet in which the March 8 and 14 alliances would get nine ministers each and centrists six.

But March 14 is rejecting such a formula, calling for a neutral cabinet.

Suleiman on Wednesday said that a new cabinet must be formed by March 25, the constitutionally mandated beginning of the presidential election period.

“It is necessary to form a government… March 25 is a red line,” he said in a press conference following his closed door meeting in Bkirki with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai.

He added that time is running out for the formation of a new government ahead of staging the presidential elections.

“I will seek Lebanon’s interest,” Suleiman said in response to a reporter on what measures he may take should the constitutional period end amid the political powers’ failure to form a new cabinet.

“We must form a new government and come up with a ministerial statement, both of which need at least a month of work,” he warned.

He also questioned the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance’s call for a political cabinet, asking, “Are politicians the ones who bring together the nation?”

“Why is it said that a political cabinet is an inclusive one”?

He added: “What is the definition of an all-inclusive government?”

“We have a democracy and a constitution. They alone determine Lebanon’s political fate,” stressed the president.

No one has yet officially announced his candidacy for president . Suleiman’s six-year tenure ends in May 2014 and he repeatedly stated that he is against the extension of his term.

Aoun’s candidacy

In the midst of the talk about the lack of March 8 enthusiasm for the nomination of Aoun to the the presidency, Hezbollah bloc MP Walid Succarieh was quoted as saying last Thursday ” our only condition is that there must be consensus around the candidate and if there is consensus around Aoun’s nomination then the party will not oppose it .”

During a radio interview he said: “We are not against Aoun’s candidacy if there is consensus around him.”

According to analysts if Hezbollah is not enthusiastic about its number one Christian ally’s nomination then Aoun has absolutely no chance to be considered as a serious candidate.

Asked about his plans for the presidential election Aoun said earlier in December during an interview with MTV :

“We have not consulted with out allies and with Hezbollah over the issue of nominations for the presidency and it’s still early for me to discuss this issue and no one has told me that I’m a candidate.”

Aoun said if elected as next president he will allow Hezbollah to keep its resistance arms until a solution for the Middle East is reached.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    And the hameer have spoken.

    • libnan1

      Stop looking at your mirror you’re seeing doubles.

      • Maborlz Ez-Hari

        You really fancy these two goblins? No other Christians in Lebanon made from steel? Shou hull ekhrit el arr, these spineless monkeys are the only Maronite candidates left in Lebanon. What a sad day.

        • 5thDrawer

          I know a woman who could do it sensibly … and a doctor to boot …
          (oops … I hear the scimitars rattling…)
          Oh. Sorry … that would remove another good doctor from the shortening list of them.
          (Whew … almost lost my head over suggesting a female …)

        • libnan1

          Mab… I don’t fancy anyone but they are the only two Maronite candidates that have balls besides me and I haven’t made up my mind yet….

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    And the hameer have spoken.

    • libnan1

      Stop looking at your mirror you’re seeing doubles.

      • Maborlz Ez-Hari

        You really fancy these two goblins? No other Christians in Lebanon made from steel? Shou hull ekhrit el arr, these spineless monkeys are the only Maronite candidates left in Lebanon. What a sad day.

        • 5thDrawer

          I know a woman who could do it sensibly … and a doctor to boot …
          (oops … I hear the scimitars rattling…)
          Oh. Sorry … that would remove another good doctor from the shortening list of them.
          (Whew … almost lost my head over a female …)

        • libnan1

          Mab… I don’t fancy anyone but they are the only two Maronite candidates that have balls besides me and I haven’t made up my mind yet….

  • The real lebanese

    Franjieh wouldn’t be bad if he distanced himself from HA alittle bit…

    On the other hand, he seems to be recommitting to them in his interview. Not so enthusiastic about this.

  • The real lebanese

    Franjieh wouldn’t be bad if he distanced himself from HA alittle bit…

  • Hannibal

    We need a LEBANESE president NOT one with his hat hung in Damascus no matter who is the governing power in Syria.
    My vote will go to Sami Gemayel even if he is not a candidate.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      I thought geriatrics aren’t allowed to vote

      • Hannibal

        You got it wrong… Only takfiris sunnist can NOT… They get lost in their beards.

      • 5thDrawer

        We fooled you … again. :-))

    • dateam

      Bad choice….id go ziad baroud

      • Hannibal

        Mr. Baroud is a good choice as well…

  • Hannibal

    We need a LEBANESE president NOT one with his hat hung in Damascus no matter who is the governing power in Syria.
    My vote will go to Sami Gemayel even if he is not a candidate.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      I thought geriatrics aren’t allowed to vote

      • Hannibal

        You got it wrong… Only takfiris sunnist can NOT… They get lost in their beards.

      • 5thDrawer

        We fooled you … again. :-))

    • dateam

      Bad choice….id go ziad baroud

      • Hannibal

        Mr. Baroud is a good choice as well…

  • MekensehParty

    Congratulation on such leaders Lebanese Christians!!!
    Merry Christmas

  • MekensehParty

    Congratulation on such leaders Lebanese Christians!!!
    Merry Christmas

  • Amine123

    IS Lebanon running out of good people to chose these puppets??????

    • The real lebanese

      No, just M8 is running out.

  • Amine123

    IS Lebanon running out of good people to chose these puppets??????

    • The real lebanese

      No, just M8 is running out.

  • Patience2

    And another tragedy strikes Lebanon.

  • Patience2

    And another tragedy strikes Lebanon.

  • guss043

    really the Maronite are bankrupt in producing any candidate worth naming , Frangieh clan, his father and him involved in drug trafficking, Tony Frangieh was involved in a plot to kill Sarkis with the Syrian intelligence that CIA managed to unravel with the help of Canadian intelligence , Aoun is better now but caused the destruction of the Christian power and brought the Syrian to Baabda.Who else Geagea at one time terrorised the Christians by recruiting them by force and was involved with many shit also. Amin Gemayel ended up collecting one billion dollar in commissions in his presidency .Lahoud made Hizbollah so powerful by weaknening the army on purpose as his father General Lahoud was a pro Syrian . Current president came to power on the expense of the soldiers he sacrificed in Nahr el bared and made a deal with Bashar.and if u move the presidency from the Maronite who else you can chose? , better not to go there at all as Lebanon will become an open sour ,you have all choices there to go back to the Islamic dark ages ,but aren’t we there already !!!! Killing 40 Christians in Iraq yesterday is an example where we will end up with the Islamist SS Nazis!! it is doomed a cursed country !!

  • guss043

    really the Maronite are bankrupt in producing any candidate worth naming , Frahgieh clan his father and him involved in drug trafficking, Tony Frangieh was involved in a plot to kill Sarkis with the Syria that CIA managed to unravel with the ehlp of Canadian intelligence , Aoun is better now but caused the destruction of the Christian power and brought the Syrian to Baabda.Who else Geagea at one time terrorised the Christians by recruiting them by force and was involved with many shit also. Amin Gemayel ended up collectiong one billion dollar in commissions in his presidency .Lahoud made Hizbollah so powerful by weaknening the army on purpose as his father General Lahoud was a pro Syrian . Current president came to power on the expense of the soldiers he sacrificed in Nahr el bared and made da with Bashar.and if ou ?move the presidency fro Christian who else you can chose , better not to go there !!!!

  • Tk

    Let them go to syria and be elected as presidents. Leave lebanon alone

  • Tk

    Let them go to syria and be elected as presidents. Leave lebanon alone

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    I’d like any candidate who would support genuinely restoring Lebanese independence, increase the military efficacy of the Lebanese army, remove Iranian and Saudi dominance, bring the diaspora back into the fold, dismantle Hezbollah and reassert Lebanon as a neutral state. But hey, I’m Israeli so that stuff must all be evil mustn’t it?

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Do pigs fly?

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        If you stick them in an airplane then they do. Oh Maborlz, I challenge you to find me anything specifically wrong with the terms of the 1983 peace treaty,

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    I’d like any candidate who would support genuinely restoring Lebanese independence, increase the military efficacy of the Lebanese army, remove Iranian and Saudi dominance, bring the diaspora back into the fold, dismantle Hezbollah and reassert Lebanon as a neutral state. But hey, I’m Israeli so that stuff must all be evil mustn’t it?

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Do pigs fly?

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        If you stick them in an airplane then they do. Oh Maborlz, I challenge you to find me anything specifically wrong with the terms of the 1983 peace treaty,