Gemayel : No deal. March 8 changed own rules

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Former Lebanese president and current Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel criticized the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance during a press conference on Monday accusing them of changing their own rules.

“We do not understand … consensus was not accepted, and they did not accept that the democratic game be governed according to the exact course that they specified during the terms of the past two governments.

He was referring to the pressure that was exerted by the March 8 alliance on former PM Fouad Siniora and outgoing pm Saad Hariri to secure a blocking third in the cabinet citing consensus and national unity as the basis for their demands

The Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel was delegated by March 14 alliance the role of negotiating with Mikati its conditions for participation in the cabinet.’

“We took upon ourselves the responsibility of extending a hand to all and giving Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati an opportunity to form a cabinet of national partnership.”

He added : We were the first to try to open a breach in the closed wall by holding consultations in coordination with our allies, based on the openness and moderation that Prime Minister-designate expressed when he was appointed to form the cabinet.

Gemayel expressed disappointment with March 8 alliance but remained hopeful

“In politics we cannot say that doors are “closed,” but at this moment, after all the contacts that were made in agreement and continual communication with March 14 forces, we were unable to reach a solution that achieves the national interest and true consensus.”

He added :

” Our hand is still extended if there is an intention to renew communications. We wonder at the March 8 team, which used to profess the logic of consensual democracy and used to believe that these decisions must be taken through consensus.

He conclude his statement by saying: it grieves me that we have reached this result after all these good intentions that we showed.

Dispute with aoun

In a related development a dispute between President Michel Suleiman and Free Patriotic Movement ( FPM) leader Michel Aoun over the distribution of Cabinet posts may delay the formation of a new government, the pro- Syrian newspaper Al-Akhbar reported

Al-Akhbar on Monday quoted well-informed sources as saying that government formation hit a snag after a “conflict” broke out between Suleiman and Aoun over the interior ministry portfolio.

The sources said that while Aoun is demanding to have the interior ministry, Suleiman is insisting on exclusively keeping this post .

Another dispute

FPM sources were reportedly surprised by statements attributed to Mikati during an interview with Al-Hayat published Sunday, in which he said that he asked the former army general to provide him with names and qualifications so that the premier-designate can choose the right person for the job.

FPM sources accused Mikati of trying to give Suleiman a “large part of March 14 ‘s quota, in reference to the March 14 share in the outgoing cabinet .

The Iranian- and Syria-backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s ( STL) indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 .

Mikati, who was backed by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies including Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi, was appointed by president Michel Suleiman as PM-designate to form and head the next cabinet , giving Hezbollah and its allies increased leverage in the country and provoking widespread protests.

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17 responses to “Gemayel : No deal. March 8 changed own rules”

  1. In trying to be neutral, I must admit that gemayel, geagea and Hariri, are at this point of time very coherent. I wish all of those opposing march 14 coalition could acknowledge the civilize tone adopted. They had the right to avenge they choose dialogue as the only way out of this crisis created again by march 8. The logic of violence rhetoric lead tvo civil strife, the logic of coherent values and principle lead to freedom. Lets wish, that in the next election the real ruler of lebanon ( the people ) will choose to oust Aoun and CO from lebanon political landscape.
    Peace

    1. Mosetsfire Avatar
      Mosetsfire

      If March 8 even had an inkling of hope in surviving the next elections they would not have completely ignored Sami Gayamel and Samir Geagea’s calls for new elections. Aoun knows he will lose in this next election and March 8 knows it too…Mikati, Safadi and Jumblatt’s group all ran on a March 14th ticket and for that reason they won’t be re-elected again. Mikati and Safadi came out of Trablous, a proud Sunni stronghold, and the people of Trablous will not forget their treachery of these 2 dogs any time soon.

      1. Mohamad you and I are part of the same team which to create a real democracy that respect all of Lebanon. May god bless the people of trablous from which true patriotic lebanese came from.

  2. In trying to be neutral, I must admit that gemayel, geagea and Hariri, are at this point of time very coherent. I wish all of those opposing march 14 coalition could acknowledge the civilize tone adopted. They had the right to avenge they choose dialogue as the only way out of this crisis created again by march 8. The logic of violence rhetoric lead tvo civil strife, the logic of coherent values and principle lead to freedom. Lets wish, that in the next election the real ruler of lebanon ( the people ) will choose to oust Aoun and CO from lebanon political landscape.
    Peace

    1. If March 8 even had an inkling of hope in surviving the next elections they would not have completely ignored Sami Gayamel and Samir Geagea’s calls for new elections. Aoun knows he will lose in this next election and March 8 knows it too…Mikati, Safadi and Jumblatt’s group all ran on a March 14th ticket and for that reason they won’t be re-elected again. Mikati and Safadi came out of Trablous, a proud Sunni stronghold, and the people of Trablous will not forget their treachery of these 2 dogs any time soon.

      1. Mohamad you and I are part of the same team which to create a real democracy that respect all of Lebanon. May god bless the people of trablous from which true patriotic lebanese came from.

  3. I think March 14 should change their name to March FARTEEN ….

    1. nabilabuzaid Avatar
      nabilabuzaid

      Yes i agree and March 8th should call themselves the Gangs of Dahia..

      1. I can see so much animosity in your comments. Typical lebanese.

        Don’t you know that the same people who are ruling today, ruled 10 and 20 years ago? Don’t you know that March 8 or 14 is a simple marketing theme and nothing else? Is there anything common between Geagea and Hariri? Why did Geagea stayed in jail for 13 years mostly under Hariri’s rule and yet is now standing by Hariri and supporting what? The STL? The STL is being used politically both outside lebanon and inside Lebanon. Aoun was in the civil war, came back, and now is in politics.

        For over 5 years, the government of lebanon and all politicians cared about the STL. There is over 4 million lebanese in Lebanon and trust me, whether or not they want the truth to be uncovered, they worry about their lives, jobs, education, future of family, security, peace of mind, social services, electricity.

        I am lebanese and I am very sad to hear comments like that. If anything, it is the people of Lebanon who should stand up and ask politicians to be accountable to what they do for them, not what they do to themselves. Until the true lebanese people put their religion aside, their political affiliations aside, and care about their own future and country, there is no hope for this country.

        I live in Canada. Politicians are accountable to their service to the nation and communities. We don’t throw garbage in the streets of our own country, in fact, nowhere. We don’t elect 10 politicians in a list but 1 and only 1 representing the local community. We don’t have PMs who are billionnaires. We don’t have a PM owning the main capital’s downtown district. We have conflict of interest rules that forbid politicians to exercise favoritism and dealings among friends and families with the government. We don’t have elections that cost over 700 Million $ for a tiny area.

        Why is it so difficult to care about Lebanon???? Can you please stop fighting? Noone else but the people of Lebanon can change that. Don’t wait for your big brother, whoever that big brother may be, to come and babysit you everytime. You do it or you don’t.

        As to the current situation, the STL is unstoppable. So, there is no march 8 or 14. Change topic.

        1. rbourji, we call it reconciliation, that what make the country progressing toward peace and prosperity. A man who live in Canada should understand that?

        2. rbourji, we call it reconciliation, that what make the country progressing toward peace and prosperity. A man who live in Canada should understand that?

  4. I think March 14 should change their name to March FARTEEN ….

    1. nabilabuzaid Avatar
      nabilabuzaid

      Yes i agree and March 8th should call themselves the Gangs of Dahia..

  5.  Avatar

    I think March 14 should change their name to March FARTEEN ….

    1.  Avatar

      Yes i agree and March 8th should call themselves the Gangs of Dahia..

      1.  Avatar

        I can see so much animosity in your comments. Typical lebanese.

        Don’t you know that the same people who are ruling today, ruled 10 and 20 years ago? Don’t you know that March 8 or 14 is a simple marketing theme and nothing else? Is there anything common between Geagea and Hariri? Why did Geagea stayed in jail for 13 years mostly under Hariri’s rule and yet is now standing by Hariri and supporting what? The STL? The STL is being used politically both outside lebanon and inside Lebanon. Aoun was in the civil war, came back, and now is in politics.

        For over 5 years, the government of lebanon and all politicians cared about the STL. There is over 4 million lebanese in Lebanon and trust me, whether or not they want the truth to be uncovered, they worry about their lives, jobs, education, future of family, security, peace of mind, social services, electricity.

        I am lebanese and I am very sad to hear comments like that. If anything, it is the people of Lebanon who should stand up and ask politicians to be accountable to what they do for them, not what they do to themselves. Until the true lebanese people put their religion aside, their political affiliations aside, and care about their own future and country, there is no hope for this country.

        I live in Canada. Politicians are accountable to their service to the nation and communities. We don’t throw garbage in the streets of our own country, in fact, nowhere. We don’t elect 10 politicians in a list but 1 and only 1 representing the local community. We don’t have PMs who are billionnaires. We don’t have a PM owning the main capital’s downtown district. We have conflict of interest rules that forbid politicians to exercise favoritism and dealings among friends and families with the government. We don’t have elections that cost over 700 Million $ for a tiny area.

        Why is it so difficult to care about Lebanon???? Can you please stop fighting? Noone else but the people of Lebanon can change that. Don’t wait for your big brother, whoever that big brother may be, to come and babysit you everytime. You do it or you don’t.

        As to the current situation, the STL is unstoppable. So, there is no march 8 or 14. Change topic.

        1. rbourji, we call it reconciliation, that what make the country progressing toward peace and prosperity. A man who live in Canada should understand that?

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