Murr to reunite with Aoun, agree on presidential nominee


murr michel 0502MP Michel Murr is expected to meet with his former ally Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun “soon” after differences drew them apart five years ago, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday.

Murr will visit Aoun in Rabieh “very soon” to revive their alliance in the Metn district and agree on the presidential elections, the daily said.

Aoun, who is a Maronite, hasn’t yet officially announced his candidacy for the presidency.

President Michel Suleiman’s six-year term ends on May 25.

The post of the head of state is reserved to Maronites under the 1943 power-sharing agreement.

The constitutional deadline for the election of a new head of state started on March 25 but Speaker Nabih Berri is yet to call for a session.

Al-Akhbar quoted Murr, an Orthodox, as telling a three-member parliamentary committee from Berri’s bloc that he would vote for Aoun if he was a serious candidate.

Berri formed the committee to press political parties and the heads of parliamentary blocs to guarantee a quorum during the election session.




2 responses to “Murr to reunite with Aoun, agree on presidential nominee”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Sigh … already the ‘allegiances’ begin … 🙁

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Some Local Gang News …. from Daily Star ….

    Tripoli has witnessed nearly twenty rounds of violence between the Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and the Jabal Mohsen district populated mostly by Alawites, leaving hundreds of casualties and scores wounded over the past three years.
    Sawsan Abdel-Haq, who hails from Akkar, was kidnapped while en route to the coastal city of Tripoli.
    She was going to the Al-Rahma dispensary in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood when she was abducted earlier in the week.
    The kidnappers had contacted her family and asked for a ransom.
    (MEANWHILE )…..
    HERMEL, Lebanon: Three soldiers were lightly wounded Saturday during a raid on a house in east Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star.
    A shootout erupted between the soldiers and several suspects when an Army patrol entered a home in the Hermel neighborhood of Bdita, the sources said.
    The patrol succeeded in arresting Mashhour Ali Shamas, but the other suspect fled. The sources said the soldiers’ wounds were not serious.
    The Army patrol raided the house after three people tossed two hand grenades at the town’s police station the night before. The explosives landed in the garden of the police station, causing slight material damage.
    That attack was intended as retaliation for the Friday detention of two men wanted for stealing copper electrical wires in the town.
    The two men were identified as Mohammad Elias Shamas and Mohammad Nawwaf Mortada.

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