Geagea: I will force Hezbollah out of Syria


geagea  survives assassination attempt 040412Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that he was a natural choice for Lebanese president and stated that if he was elected he would force Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria.

“We need a president with a clear political program, and of course I will [force] Hezbollah out of Syria if I become president… When a president who presents matters clearly arrives, all parties will adopt his opinion,” Geagea told Al-Arabiya television in an interview on Wednesday.

“Some believe the president has no authority because there has been no effective president since the Taif [agreement on 1990.] This time we will endeavor to produce a strong president. Then we shall see if he has authority or not.”

The LF leader also expressed his hope that “MPs will be able to keep to the constitutional time-frame for election of a new president” and said that although he is a natural candidate for the presidency, he is still waiting for the right moment to officially announce his campaign.

“I am a natural candidate for the presidency. I am the leader of the most popular party with Christians as surveys have shown.”

“However, I am waiting for the [most] opportune moment to officially announce [my] candidacy.”

He went on to criticize Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun’s proposal of a parliamentary trio including himself as president, Saad Hariri as prime minister and a strong Shiite figure as Speaker.

“It is wrong to link the presidency with anything else or any other power.”

The LF leader also commented on Hariri’s remarks concerning the “strongest Christian [candidate],” saying that “Hariri should be asked that question.”

He added that if he and Aoun were to compete for the presidency swing votes would come from centralists in Walid Jumblatt’s bloc and independent MPs from Tripoli.

“[There are] around ten [swing] votes from [MPs] considered centralists. They include Walid Jumblatt’s bloc and independent [MPs] from Tripoli.”

President Michel Suleiman’s term ends on May 25. Lebanon’s constitution stipulates that between March 25 and May 15, the parliament can convene at any time to elect a new president.

If it has not done so, on May 15 the parliament will be considered automatically in session for the following 10 days, in which a new president must be elected.

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24 responses to “Geagea: I will force Hezbollah out of Syria”

  1. I am not sure if Geagea is the right one but he certainly talks like a president should! I would love to see some new blood come in and take over but the likelihood of that happening in Lebanon is very slim to none, so I guess we have to pick someone who will challenge the status quo and has the guts to stand up and do the things that Lebanon needs like a strong state.

    1. Leborigine Avatar

      I agree Leb, but he is a dead man walking. I am no fan of Geagea either, but when someone does any good for Lebanon, and Lebanon only, they get blown into oblivion! Any challenge to the status quo will be eliminated.

      1. That is so true!

      2. libnan1 Avatar

        Leb my friend you put “someone does any good for Lebanon” and the name Geagea in the same sentence!!!! Are you kidding me ???? Easy on the Arak …..

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Well, he IS experimenting with ‘waste treatment’ methods … a first I believe … maybe all the rest of them could dive into that spot. 😉

        2. Leborigine Avatar

          Hehe, can’t stand Arak, I’m a single malt man – Talisker, Bowmore etc.
          Anyone who distances syria from Lebanon in my opinion is doing good for Lebanon, and the only person who is doing that now is Geagea.

          1. libnan1 Avatar

            Leb Arak is the Sbaah milk you know. Don’t drink that Ghantous abo Raad stuff, I try to make it in my backyard otherwise I import it from Shouf.

          2. Leborigine Avatar

            I am fortunate enough that my cousin has a nice set up and distills his own Arak. Never tried the bottled crap. Apparently he makes a good drop and people here rave about it. I can’t enjoy it in Australia because you can’t get the good stuff that goes with it. I can drink Arak in Shouf because you get the kibbee nayyee shouf style, tabbouli shouf style and the green almonds or pistachios that goes down nicely with arak, and I do not want to destroy that superior experience with try hard crap here.

          3. Leborigine Avatar

            Hehe, Sbaah milk; you reminded me of a couple of people in Lebanon who used to refer to arak as ‘Teardrops of Mother Mary”

          4. libnan1 Avatar

            Yeah ‘Teardrops of Mother Mary” is a good saying too. I remember when my youngest saw me drinking it he thought is was milk. He chugged some of it, he was out within 10 minutes. Green almonds are awesome with it, in a month or so I’ll go up north about 3 hrs from here and get some Er3Aoun. I’m sure you can find in Aus., if not I’ll ship you some….:)

          5. Leborigine Avatar

            We do have it here libnan1 and heaps of it, thank you. BTW its Qoraoun, with the heavy kaff, shouf style lol

          6. Patience2 Avatar

            I think Arak is just fine, despite 5th!

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I have a triple-distilled Arak … made by a friend some years ago … well aged. ;-))

          8. Leborigine Avatar

            Great for mosquito bites

          9. Leborigine Avatar

            I once tried mixing it with Dry Ginger Ale instead of water, but it made it worse. Not bad with Cherry coke!

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    No, no, Samir … out of LEBANON … better idea …

  3. And how does this dilusional butcher propose in doing that?

    1. master09 Avatar

      Are they all not butchers. Tell me one that was not part of killing people.

      1. It is not fair to say they are all butchers, and if you wish we can elaborate and have a lengthy debate on why they are all not the same. I would like to point out one simple fact though. The majority of the time you can tell how a person will lead by how he had lead in the past. When Samir could have stood by the Lebanese Army when the Syrians where bombarding them he decided to help the Syrians not his fellow Lebanese. Once a criminal always a criminal.

        1. libnan1 Avatar

          Affirmative Robert “Once a criminal always a criminal”. Now Samir wants the Army to protect him when not long ago he was instrumental in weakening the LAF.

          “When Samir could have stood by the Lebanese Army when the Syrians where bombarding them he decided to help the Syrians not his fellow Lebanese”

          That goes to Jumblatt, Berri and Hariri Sr. as well.

          1. You are absolutely right, The trio you have mentioned, among others have sold Lebanon many, many times before. But as Lebanese we must distinguish between the actual bigots, treasoners and loyalists. It is much easier to try to sum them all as crooks. In actuality many have chosen to take the higher road for the sake of their country.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            We can only hope … at the moment.

  4. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    I think we should have Aoun, Geagea, Franjieh, Amin G. all as Presidents.. then put them an boat to nowhere land where we don’t see their faces again..

  5. Hannibal Avatar

    A president should be the president of ALL Lebanon… Lebanon has three poles at a 20/20/60… With a 60% silent majority… Choose a president from the silent majority.

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