Hezbollah boycotts fourth straight presidential election, driving Lebanon towards political vacuum


presidential elections lebanonLawmakers once again failed on Thursday to elect a new president as differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances led to a lack of quorum in the fourth parliamentary session aimed at choosing a new head of state.

Speaker Nabih Berri set May 22 as the fifth round to hold the elections.

Only 73 lawmakers out of 128 were present at parliament.

MPs of the March 8 Loyalty to the Resistance bloc did not attend the session, while the majority of March 14 alliance members were present, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3).

March 14 MP Nabil de Freij accused the March 8 of deliberately obstructing quorum, while MP Robert Ghanem rejected calls for a constitutional amendment regarding the elections.

Lebanese Forces leader and presidential candidate Samir Geagea had demanded, prior to the failure of the session, that such an amendment be introduced.

MP Sami Gemayel of the Kataeb Party stated from parliament after the session that he had hoped that Berri would call for daily presidential election sessions in order to elect a head of state before the term of President Michel Suleiman ends on May 25.

Commenting on the possibility of vacuum in the presidency, he said: “Some members of parliament are deliberately obstructing the election of a president.”

“These MPs are responsible for the vacuum,” he added.

“They must exercise their duties to elect a president, whether through casting a blank vote or voting for a candidate,” he stressed.

“They are not adopting democratic practices through boycotting parliament, but they are simply playing an obstructive role,” noted Gemayel, deeming the March 8 boycott as “unjustified.”

“Those obstructing quorum will be held responsible for the consequences of the vacuum,” warned the MP.

Two previous rounds of the elections were not held over the lack of quorum.

The first round of the elections was held in April, but neither candidates Geagea or Democratic Gathering MP Henri Helou, obtained the necessary 86 votes at the time to be elected head state.

Helou said after Thursday’s session: “We now have a weekly appointment with the lawmakers’ inability to hold the elections.”

“This unfortunate series of developments will continue should the political divisions persist,” he lamented.

He therefore suggested the proposal of “bold initiatives” to extract Lebanon from “the crisis that will begin after a few days” when Suleiman’s term ends.

By law, if no president has been chosen by the last 10 days of the incumbent’s mandate, parliament cannot meet for legislative sessions except to elect a new president.

That means, starting on Thursday, legislative action will grind to a halt.




7 responses to “Hezbollah boycotts fourth straight presidential election, driving Lebanon towards political vacuum”

  1. sweetvirgo Avatar

    This is not shocking. Hezbollah is in charge and they will choose a president.

    1. Farq2 Avatar

      And thank God for that.

      1. AkhouManUki Avatar

        Maybe if you worship a god by the name of Nasrallah, but for the rest of us sane people we honor gods that don’t betray their people and hold them hostage. Hezbollah is Lebanon’s stage 4 cancer, and giving them free reign eats at Lebanon each and every day. Time to say enough is enough, we deserve leaders that actually give a shit about Lebanon. Wake up. Today is a new day. You ca. Say farq dat, I’m making a choice. I choose life.

        1. Farq2 Avatar

          The rest of us, lol. you do realize that the majority in Lebanon support Sayyed Hassan. Not to mention the millions around the world. However all who support him are brain washed, right. I think the one needing waking up is you my friend. And please, do tell me how he has betrayed his followers. I would love to hear it.
          One more thing, nice to know you worship more than one God. You wouldn’t happen to be from ancient times, would you?

          1. AkhouManUki Avatar

            If by around the world you mean in Iran and Syria, you’re proving my point exactly – he cares much more about serving their needs over those of his own country. That’s why he has betrayed the people of Lebanon. Coercing his followers into sending their youth into battle in Syria to fight for a cause that is to serve a dictator is a total betrayel of trust, and indicative of a megalomaniac in Nasrallah who thinks he has the power of a god. When you start to peel back the layers of bullshit you will expose the true nature of this man, and the danger that his foreign allegiances impose on Lebanon.

          2. sweetvirgo Avatar

            Very well said and I totally agree.

          3. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Thank you!! Farq has a hard time understanding he value of objectivity – hopefully we can help enlighten him one comment at a time,

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