Geagea refuses to surrender to Hezbollah

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Geagea_LebanonLebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea preferred a presidential vacuum over Hezbollah’s rule, saying his ally in the March 14 alliance ex-PM Saad Hariri would not accept a deal to elect Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun as a consensual president in return for taking the helm of the new cabinet.

In an interview with pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat published on Saturday, Geagea said: “We wouldn’t have much options if there was vacuum … We would either hold onto our stances or surrender the country to Hezbollah and its allies.”

“Vacuum is easier,” he said, adding “I prefer (that we suffer from) some difficult days rather than surrender Lebanon to Hezbollah.”

The LF chief, who is the only March 14 candidate for the elections, accused the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance of causing a vacuum in the country’s top Christian post.

The alliance’s members, except for lawmakers from Speaker Nabih Berri’s bloc, have been boycotting the parliamentary sessions aimed at electing a head of state.

A new round is set for next Thursday.

Asked about reports that his rival Aoun could be a consensus candidate that would see the return of Hariri to Beirut to head the new government, Geagea said: “Hariri’s return is not in Aoun’s hands.”

“Hariri has the biggest Sunni bloc in Lebanon. Had there been a settlement (proposal), he would have taken anything from it,” the LF leader told the newspaper.

Geagea reiterated that he was ready to pull his candidacy if there was a deal on another March 14 official to become the country’s next president.

“If there is another candidate, who has the same program that I have suggested, and the other camp accepts him, then I am willing to discuss the matter,” he said.

“For me, the issue is not personal at all. My candidacy has an objective and serves a vision,” he added.

Geagea cited Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel and MP Butros Harb as potential March 14 candidates, saying they have programs similar to his.

Naharnet

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13 responses to “Geagea refuses to surrender to Hezbollah”

  1. FadiAbboud Avatar
    FadiAbboud

    “For me, the issue is not personal at all. My candidacy has an objective and serves a vision,” he added.
    May God bless you and anyone else that has your vision for a truly free Lebanon.
    We know that there are traitors in the country who have their own personal interests ahead of the best interest of Lebanon.

    1. AkhouManUki Avatar
      AkhouManUki

      You’re clearly passionate about Geagea ya Fadi – I hope your commitment to slay the traitors of Lebanon turns to be true and not just an attempt to beat your chest and look bigger than you are. Based on what I have seen, you have the potential to be great – the question is are you willing to follow through.

      What are your thoughts?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        It’s NOT about ‘passion’. Although that seeming ‘need’ of Lebanese to be passionate about ANYTHING may be what defeats them all the time. It’s about viability and factual logical needs. The biggest problem seems to be that no-one EXCEPT Geagea has a better one at the moment, and that stupid ‘passion’ defeats them again.
        (maybe why I’m here … hehehehe)
        They forget that no-one lives forever, even if they attempt to make Prophets do that in the various fairy-tales. The basic idea should be to try something NOW, because it may lead to something better in future, and because what is here NOW isn’t working; and if trying Geagea doesn’t, there will be a chance in a few short years, once again, to change what doesn’t work – while hoping they can keep something which does.
        SUCH a lack of education … too sad.

        1. AkhouManUki Avatar
          AkhouManUki

          I couldn’t agree more – at least Geagea had the balls to come out in the open about his agenda. Hezbollah and Aoun are a bunch of hypocrites – they claim to be all about democracy, but god forbid anyone win that does not share their foreign interests.

          Now we’ll be stuck with a clown that just rubber stamps anything that serves Assad and Iran. If that’s what Hezbollah consider to be a strong leader, they can shove it up their butts and down one of their weapon smuggling tunnels.

          Speaking of prophets, where is the old geezer?

      2. FadiAbboud Avatar
        FadiAbboud

        Its not so much about Geagea but more so, it is his message and the agenda, the only one which I have read which makes logic and sense. Unfortunately, people are so fixated on his political affiliations and his past to see beyond it.

        1. AkhouManUki Avatar
          AkhouManUki

          You’re wise beyond your years Dr. Abboud – if only people became more fixated on things that served Lebanon, we would have an amazing country.

          1. FadiAbboud Avatar
            FadiAbboud

            Thank you AkhouManUki, indeed ! I am humbled by your compliment, although, unlike Geagea, I do not have my doctorate : )

          2. AkhouManUki Avatar
            AkhouManUki

            That can easily be fixed – check out some of the online schools that will hook you up with a doctorate for $250. Consider it an investment in your future political career in Lebanon!

        2. Farq2 Avatar

          So we should just forget about all the murders he has committed, is that what your saying. Lebanon does not need a mass murderer to rule it. Geagea is scum my friend, plain and simple. And all the shit he spins can never change that. And most importantly he will never rule Lebanon. Not in a million years.

          1. Arzatna Avatar
            Arzatna

            Will a president appointed by Hezbollah be better ?
            All the warlords of Lebanon murdered many people, but Geagea is the only one who paid the price .

            We might as well forget all about Lebanon if Hezbollah picks the next president .

            Did you forget how many Shiites Hezbollah killed in its fight against Amal ?

          2. AkhouManUki Avatar
            AkhouManUki

            Based on your argument, practically every politician in Lebanon should be disqualified. Look, I have a strict policy against mass murderers as well, which is why I refuse to support Nasrallah, Aoun, Franjieh, Jumblatt, and the list goes on – however you are a hypocrite when you wave that yellow flag and call Geagea out for being a mass murderer.

          3. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            You knows nothing, don’t use selective topics to justify your argument. When he was the leader of a militia he was responsible for killings in acts of war and justifying the killing of people is not an honourable thing to do. However, today he is the leader of a political organisation and I don’t think he would want to lead a militia ever again. He wants an army capable of securing the nation for everyone and coexisting in a region with peace and no strings attached to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, or any other country. Speaking of mass murderers you have nerve supporting Hezbollah. Aren’t the Syrians that have been murdered by H.A regarded as people? Shiites are becoming very Jewish like in the manner they see themselves, too many similarities to list…………. Have a think about that.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Geagea is still the only one who jumped up early, AND with a stated set of policies to promote Lebanon and the needs of the people. He already got more than 50% backing in the silly Cabinet Lunches. The country is unfortunately saddled with it’s ludicrous version of democracy, and the previous ‘bad-actor politicos’ who never returned anything FOR the country, and want mostly to sell it to Syria and Iran and anyone else padding their pockets (Saudis) – as all it’s limited infrastructure goes further into the crapper – along with a potential oil/gas field, now years behind in viable development along with electricity, which is the only real interest of Hezzybolla which resists anything it is not in direct control of; as it makes an agitated enemy of people to the south for the next millennia because it ‘resists’ not only a religion there, but a whole set of modern developments which would help Lebanese.
    Meanwhile, all the idiots in Berri’s bunch of blockheads cast around desperately for something better ‘for’ the people, and someone willing to stand up to be ‘counted’. Someone who waits, we must suppose, to be proclaimed a ‘king’ with this stupid ‘consensus’ bit – before they even lay out a plan FOR THE COUNTRY and how to improve it. None of them have proven capable before.
    Nastyrallah loves their incompetence, of course.
    Aoun says he is not running if he actually must ‘run’. But we know who ‘runs’ him anyway.
    The only vacuum is in the heads of those who will put in place almost any ‘figurehead’ who hasn’t at anytime in history been able to get Lebanon working together for itself – at least not since Hariri senior (even with the good-old pocket-padding common here in the society) was bombed out of existence for having accomplished SOME things over 6 short years.
    This whole ‘consensus’ bit is such a crock of shit.
    Although we know what happened when ‘the people’ had a chance to do an election.
    Hezzys and Nasty didn’t like THAT result very much either. The King-maker wants to BE the King.
    They will NEVER have consensus on that either.

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