Berri backs PM Salam and refuses to vote for Aoun

berri defLebanese parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said  that he would not vote for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun  and  he backs  Prime Minister Tammam Salam  whom he  considers  to be one of the best prime ministers who have reached office in Lebanon .

In remarks to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, Berri expressed surprise at Aoun’s continued insistence to consider the parliament illegitimate while at the same time expecting it to elect him as president.

“I personally reject this logic and refuse to vote for someone who considers me illegitimate,” said Berri.

The speaker, who also heads the Amal Movement, said that he “holds onto his dignity and the dignity of the legislature” if the FPM chief continues to stick to his stance.

Berri also defended Salam against a campaign launched by the FPM over its insistence to discuss the cabinet’s working mechanism ahead of any other issue.

The dispute with the FPM has forced Salam to hint that he would resign.

But  Beri  said he rejects any possible resignation by Salam, warning that such a decision would lead towards “destruction.”

“Salam is among the best prime ministers who have reached office in Lebanon”, he told As Safir.

But unfortunately, some parties that are eager to topple him, need a lot of time to be skilled in politics, Berri said.

The speaker also reiterated that the rival Lebanese officials will no longer be able to resolve the presidential deadlock.

The solution should now come from abroad, he said.

Berri is reportedly remains  hopeful  that the results of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and major powers will start appearing when the U.S. Congress ratifies it.

  • Tk

    even the shia are getting annoyed by Aoun behavior.

  • nagy_michael2

    Well Mr. Berri you are illegitimate whether you like it or not? who in the world get suckered with a thief and scoundrel and Syrian agent for 5 decades maybe more? i guess only in the arab world they get away with it.
    so a President can be elected once for 6 years but a speaker can be elected forever.. aren’t there any qualified Shiites in lebanon other than this scumbag..He refuses but i refused you too so please if you are legitimate then please clean the trash and pile of garbage otherwise you and everyone in the gov’t are illegitimate.
    what have this speaker done for Lebanon among other politicians anyway.. at least some of them didn’t have a chance to implement any program cause of their short term. but this bastard is been occupying the Parliament for decades and all he does is talk and manipulate and steal from everyone around him and from overseas. Imam Moussa Al Sadr is turning in his grave watching Amal and hezbolllah and other parties tearing lebanon apart. shame on you all and shame anyone who supports these low lives.

  • Patience2

    Regardless of whatever else I may think about you, your stand on Aoun makes me feel better.

  • arzatna1

    I don’t believe you mr speaker . If Hezbollah tells you to vote for Aoun you will vote for him regardless , because you and Aoun are in the same boat …both of you follow Hezbollah’s orders .
    So please stop this BS . We are tired of your old politics of deception