Tammam Salam secured 124 out of 128 votes

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tammam salam def 2LBCI television reported that at the end of the second day of consultations at the Baabda presidential palace MP Tammam Salam secured a total of 124 MP votes of the 128 member parliament to assume the position of prime minister designate to form the new cabinet

The following parliamentary blocs / MPs participated today in the consultations

– Zahle bloc which is headed by MP Tony Abu Khater

– The Lebanese Forces bloc which is headed by Samir Geagea

– The Phalange party bloc which is headed by former president Amin Gemayel

– The Unity of the Mountain bloc of Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan

– MP Emile Rahmeh of Free United Lebanon bloc which is headed by Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh

– Free Decision bloc, of MPs Michel Pharaon and Serge Torsarkissian,

– the Armenian Consensus and Armenian blocs

– Solidarity bloc of MP Ahmed Karami

– The Baath bloc

– Syrian Socialist National Party bloc

– Jamaa al-Islamiya bloc

– Independent MPs Marwan Hamadeh, Antoine Saad, Fouad al-Saad, Dory Shamoun, Robert Ghanem, Butros Harb, Nicolas Fattoush, Mohammed al-Safadi, and Robert Fadel.

All the above nominated Salam for premiership with the exception of the Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh who announced on Friday his boycott of the parliamentary consultations over his objection to Salam’s nomination, saying that he “is affiliated with a political group”.

“I have decided to boycott the parliamentary consultations and allow the members of the Free United Lebanon bloc to choose the nominee they want,” Suleiman, a staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al Assad said in a statement.

“I respect and appreciate Salam and his prestigious family with whom we have an old relationship, but announcing his nomination from the (Mustaqbal Movement head MP Saad Hariri’s) Center House on Thursday has clearly confirmed his affiliation with a political group,” he added.

The Syrian regime used to play the key role in the selection of the president and PM in Lebanon , but not this time. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Friday the nomination of Salam is made in Lebanon.

Hariri rejected Mikati

Outgoing Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati revealed that Saudi Arabia wanted to nominate him to form the new cabinet, but former Prime Minster Saad Hariri refused to approve his nomination, al-Akhbar daily quoted him as saying.

“Saudi Arabia wanted to nominate me to form the new cabinet for which I am very grateful, but Hariri refused,” he said in an interview published on Saturday

He told the paper in an interview on Saturday that he is currently waiting for an electoral law to be approved and adopted before announcing his candidacy for the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Mikati, whose cabinet was dominated by the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance, denounced reports that he failed to rule properly during his tenure.

“Governing is based on balance, that is why I played the role of the Future Movement and the March 14 alliance in the cabinet. If the majority of the government was of the March 14 I would have taken the role of March 8 to achieve equilibrium,” he pointed out.

Mikati said he is proud of the cabinet’s achievements, blaming the situation in Lebanon and the region for delaying further accomplishments.

Mikati’s cabinet was formed in 2011 after Hezbollah toppled the national unity government of Future Movement leader Saad Hariri.

A tough job

A difficult job in the best of times, Salam faces an even more daunting list of challenges than usual for a Lebanese prime minister.

The country faces rising sectarian tensions linked to Syria’s civil war, with Lebanon’s two largest political blocs supporting opposite sides in the fight between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebel fighters trying to oust him. The conflict also has forced some 400,000 Syrians to seek refuge in Lebanon, putting a severe straining on the country of 4 million to cope with the influx.

“I start from the necessity of taking Lebanon out of divisions and political tensions that were reflected in the security situation,” Salam said in his first public statement after being chosen.

He added that he also wants to mitigate threats from the “catastrophic situation next door,” remarks aimed at trying to allay fears in Lebanon that Syria’s 2-year-old civil war, which has killed more than 70,000 people, will spread to Lebanon.

Salam said he would do his best to form a “national interest government,” a process that could take time because of the sharp divisions among Lebanese politicians as a result of the Syrian crisis.

Once he puts together a Cabinet, his new government must win a vote of confidence in parliament to be approved. Many here will be keeping close tabs on how Salam will deal with the militant Hezbollah group and its arsenal, which is one of the biggest dividing issues among Lebanese.

Hezbollah’s armed wing is the strongest military force in the country, outstripping even the national army, and many Lebanese are wary of the Shiite militant group’s power and refusal to set aside their arms.

Hezbollah and many other Lebanese, however, counter that the weapons are necessary to defend Lebanon against any Israeli attack.

Salam went straight home from the presidential palace where he was seen kissing the hand of his Syrian mother, Tamima Mardam Beik. “I took my mother’s blessing,” he told reporters while sitting between her and his wife, Lama Badreddine.

“I start from the point of uniting national visions and to quickly reach an agreement on a new elections law that ensures justice of representation,” Salam said.

Salam is the son of the late former Prime Minister Saeb Salam, and politically leans toward the Western-backed anti-Hezbollah coalition. He studied in Britain and has degrees in economics and business administration.

Salam headed the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut, a non-profit organization that runs schools, cultural centers and a hospital, between 1982 and 2000. He is currently the honorary president of the association that was headed by several members of his family.

BBC/ agencies

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28 responses to “Tammam Salam secured 124 out of 128 votes”

  1. dateam Avatar

    The Syrian regime used to play the key role in the selection of the president and PM in Lebanon , but not this time. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Friday the nomination of Salam is made in Lebanon
    Outgoing Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati revealed that Saudi Arabia wanted to nominate him to form the new cabinet, but former Prime Minster Saad Hariri refused to approve his nomination, al-Akhbar daily quoted him as saying.
    If thats not a contradiction i dont know what is?

    1. yalibnan Avatar
      yalibnan

      Kindly point out the contradiction.

      1. dateam Avatar

        You can’t see it? is it ok for one country to get involved in our decision making but not for another? why should our politicians have to fly to saudia arabia to gain approval? you ran another article saying that saudia arabia wanted ashraf rifi to be pm? my point is whether its syria or saudia arabia or iran or usa or zimbabwe whats the difference? do you not see this as a valid point? the job of the media is to call a spade a spade not pick and choose how they want to express their opinions….i think the people deserve tha dont you???? i must of touched a sensitive nerve because of all the ridiculous comments posted on this site you seem to have been interested in a simple observation i have made?

        1. Lol nicely put!

        2. yalibnan Avatar
          yalibnan

          The point we were trying to make in the article is that even though Saudi Arabia may have tried to be involved , it failed because none of its candidates ( Rifi or Mikati ) were chosen.

          The candidate was picked by Jumblatt ( from a list of 3 candidates that Hariri gave him ) and that was obvious from the remarks Salam made during his LBC interview late Saturday. This is why Geagea is saying the nomination is made in Lebanon, because Jumblatt is neither with Syria nor Saudi Arabia. Jumblatt sent his son and minister Wael Abou Faour to Saudi Arabia to convince the Saudis that Salam was the right candidate for Lebanon.

          You cannot blame Saudi Arabia if the Lebanese officials go there for consultations …you blame the Lebanese . We need to learn to be independent.

          1. master09 Avatar
            master09

            Yeh these clowns blame other nation, so why do HA listen to Iran or SYria or Harri to S Arabia or him to Isreal or him to America. The best point made we need to be independent, rather than listen and do what other countries want us to do , who feel up our pockets.

          2. dateam Avatar

            gagea made his comments on the friday…tammams comments were made saturday? who is who? whose saying what? whose taking orders from who? the people are sick of the brinkmanship and the games played…this is our scenario now….mikati resigned at a time that is crucial in lebanon with the conflict in syria, elections coming up, and situation on the ground re internal conflicts and refugees critical…..to me that is weakness its not strength because personal ambitions are at play here not the country….now he still wants to be involved….tammam has been chosen….they want a neutral cabinet to see us through the elections…who is neutral in lebanon? who determines whose neutral in lebanon isnt it m14 or m8? what if a neutral cabinet is finally chosen and actually do a good job what happens then? are they disgarded and then we get into the same crap again with the old warlords? meantime there are a million and one questions in the country that need to be answered yet that’s all on the back burner now because all the attention is given to the circus that goes on and on and on? and im sorry to say but the media needs to be held accountable as well…the people can only do so much but the media must ask the hard questions….for example the person charged with killing the 2 army officers in arsal why has he been released on $1000 bond? why did ziad baroud resign after he had the conflict with rifi and hariri over orders given and not followed? Ask the right questions demand answers dont question me on a blog because you dont like what i have asked…ask why hariri as pm spent 281 days abroad and now as a paid parliamentarian him and oqab saqr dont have to be in the country? he keeps saying he fears for his life…well so does gagea but he hasnt left. weakness from a country comes from the top down…hard questions need to be asked and answers demanded…we cant pick and choose when we want a democracy….thats what a democracy is its about accountability……

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Valid observations Dateam. 🙂
            And I think the Yalibnan Moderator wanted you to extrapolate … wasn’t necessarily dumping on you. It IS only a blog, and for the most part hands out news-items written by others. (and I think most of the time they seem to cover too large a range of topic, or repeat same things at the end too often)
            We become the opinions. Mostly. And as we have found, no-one can cover all the news or all the opinion-pieces in one ‘site’.
            But yes, sometimes the ‘bits’ are woefully short, or incomplete … perhaps ‘cart ahead of horse’ as well … and we react in the same manner. Democratically, of course. 😉
            I like to think Prophettt is wrong, and it’s not being handled by some little Old Jewish Nanny sitting in a dank basement with a coffee machine. :-)) But I’m sure ‘mods’ have opinions too. We can’t ALL be ‘rockers’ after all. 😉
            And for SURE a lot of hard questions need some answers. Too often reports are made about/by people who ‘can’t be named’. Of course, when ‘other people’ drag reporters out of the coffee shop and beat him on the street, you might see some reason in it. Or for the reason a question is never made when it should be. (Blame the gov’t ‘Press Handler’ ?)
            Well .. that’s my ‘bit’. For now …. 😉

        3. Prophettttt Avatar
          Prophettttt

          dateam, Bandarland is watching you!!!!!lol

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            We put ourselves under the microscope by being here, don’t we? 😉
            I got a new bottle … :-))

      2. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        I think that dateam meant that: How could Saudi Arabia nominate Mikati when they knew that he was “made in Syria”, this is the contradiction. But I think in politics things change, our biggest example is Walid Jumblatt.

        1. dateam Avatar

          and another contradiction to that is mikati is now saying he represented m14 in the parliament? maybe hes electioneering now?

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Best for Mikati if he just goes back to his businesses.

  2. dateam Avatar

    The Syrian regime used to play the key role in the selection of the president and PM in Lebanon , but not this time. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Friday the nomination of Salam is made in Lebanon
    Outgoing Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati revealed that Saudi Arabia wanted to nominate him to form the new cabinet, but former Prime Minster Saad Hariri refused to approve his nomination, al-Akhbar daily quoted him as saying.
    If thats not a contradiction i dont know what is?

    1. yalibnan Avatar
      yalibnan

      Kindly point out the contradiction.

      1. dateam Avatar

        You can’t see it? is it ok for one country to get involved in our decision making but not for another? why should our politicians have to fly to saudia arabia to gain approval? you ran another article saying that saudia arabia wanted ashraf rifi to be pm? my point is whether its syria or saudia arabia or iran or usa or zimbabwe whats the difference? do you not see this as a valid point? the job of the media is to call a spade a spade not pick and choose how they want to express their opinions….i think the people deserve tha dont you???? i must of touched a sensitive nerve because of all the ridiculous comments posted on this site you seem to have been interested in a simple observation i have made?

        1. Lol nicely put!

        2. yalibnan Avatar
          yalibnan

          The point we were trying to make in the article is that even though Saudi Arabia may have tried to be involved , it failed because none of its candidates ( Rifi or Mikati ) were chosen.

          The candidate was picked by Jumblatt ( from a list of 3 candidates that Hariri gave him ) and that was obvious from the remarks Salam made during his LBC interview late Saturday. This is why Geagea is saying the nomination is made in Lebanon, because Jumblatt is neither with Syria nor Saudi Arabia. Jumblatt sent his son and minister Wael Abou Faour to Saudi Arabia to convince the Saudis that Salam was the right candidate for Lebanon.

          You cannot blame Saudi Arabia if the Lebanese officials go there for consultations …you blame the Lebanese . We need to learn to be independent.

          1. master09 Avatar
            master09

            Yeh these clowns blame other nation, so why do HA listen to Iran or SYria or Harri to S Arabia or him to Isreal or him to America. The best point made we need to be independent, rather than listen and do what other countries want us to do , who feel up our pockets.

          2. dateam Avatar

            gagea made his comments on the friday…tammams comments were made saturday? who is who? whose saying what? whose taking orders from who? the people are sick of the brinkmanship and the games played…this is our scenario now….mikati resigned at a time that is crucial in lebanon with the conflict in syria, elections coming up, and situation on the ground re internal conflicts and refugees critical…..to me that is weakness its not strength because personal ambitions are at play here not the country….now he still wants to be involved….tammam has been chosen….they want a neutral cabinet to see us through the elections…who is neutral in lebanon? who determines whose neutral in lebanon isnt it m14 or m8? what if a neutral cabinet is finally chosen and actually do a good job what happens then? are they disgarded and then we get into the same crap again with the old warlords? meantime there are a million and one questions in the country that need to be answered yet that’s all on the back burner now because all the attention is given to the circus that goes on and on and on? and im sorry to say but the media needs to be held accountable as well…the people can only do so much but the media must ask the hard questions….for example the person charged with killing the 2 army officers in arsal why has he been released on $1000 bond? why did ziad baroud resign after he had the conflict with rifi and hariri over orders given and not followed? Ask the right questions demand answers dont question me on a blog because you dont like what i have asked…ask why hariri as pm spent 281 days abroad and now as a paid parliamentarian him and oqab saqr dont have to be in the country? he keeps saying he fears for his life…well so does gagea but he hasnt left. weakness from a country comes from the top down…hard questions need to be asked and answers demanded…we cant pick and choose when we want a democracy….thats what a democracy is its about accountability……

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Valid observations Dateam. 🙂
            And I think the Yalibnan Moderator wanted you to extrapolate … wasn’t necessarily dumping on you. It IS only a blog, and for the most part hands out news-items written by others. (and I think most of the time they seem to cover too large a range of topic, or repeat same things at the end too often)
            We become the opinions. Mostly. And as we have found, no-one can cover all the news or all the opinion-pieces in one ‘site’.
            But yes, sometimes the ‘bits’ are woefully short, or incomplete … perhaps ‘cart ahead of horse’ as well … and we react in the same manner. Democratically, of course. 😉
            I like to think Prophettt is wrong, and it’s not being handled by some little Old Jewish Nanny sitting in a dank basement with a coffee machine. :-)) But I’m sure ‘mods’ have opinions too. We can’t ALL be ‘rockers’ after all. 😉
            And for SURE a lot of hard questions need some answers. Too often reports are made about/by people who ‘can’t be named’. Of course, when ‘other people’ drag reporters out of the coffee shop and beat him on the street, you might see some reason in it. Or for the reason a question is never made when it should be. (Blame the gov’t ‘Press Handler’ ?)
            Well .. that’s my ‘bit’. For now …. 😉

        3. Prophettttt Avatar
          Prophettttt

          dateam, Bandarland is watching you!!!!!lol

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            We put ourselves under the microscope by being here, don’t we? 😉
            I got a new bottle … :-))

      2. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        I think that dateam meant that: How could Saudi Arabia nominate Mikati when they knew that he was “made in Syria”, this is the contradiction. But I think in politics things change, our biggest example is Walid Jumblatt.

        1. dateam Avatar

          and another contradiction to that is mikati is now saying he represented m14 in the parliament? maybe hes electioneering now?

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Best for Mikati if he just goes back to his businesses.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Thanks for putting all the relevant numbers in this ‘news’ item. 😉

    “…..putting a severe straining on the country of 4 million to cope with the influx.”
    The UN has just announced it has basically run out of money to help Syrian Refugees in the 5 countries they have fled to (BBC) … Lebanon will need to muddle along as it can.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Thanks for putting all the relevant numbers in this ‘news’ item. 😉

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