Maronite leaders blamed for presidential election crisis


Nazem Khoury  SuleimanFormer Lebanese Minister and current presidential advisor Nazem al-Khoury blamed Lebanon’s Maronite leaders for delaying Lebanon’s presidential elections, and said that Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai suggested extending President Michel Suleiman’s term out of concern for vacuum in the country.

“The Maronite pillars and not the Muslim leadership, bear the responsibility for the presidential crisis because they have not reached consensus,” Khoury told Lebanese daily Al-Liwa on Sunday, in an interview that will be published on Monday.

He added that: “Patriarch Rai is deeply concerned over a vacant presidency. That is why he proposed the continuation of President Suleiman’s [term] until a new president is elected.”

Khoury also said he does not think Change and Reform bloc leader Michel Aoun will become president by boycotting other candidates.

“I do not believe MP Michel Aoun is a consensus candidate, and clinging to the phrase ‘me or no-one’ will lead him to a dead end, not the presidency.”

Speaker Nabih Berri has postponed the next election session until Thursday May 22, or three days before Suleiman’s term expires, after the Lebanese parliament failed to elect a president for the third time last Thursday .




3 responses to “Maronite leaders blamed for presidential election crisis”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    The Maronites dont make up 2/3 of parliament. Poor guy is in denial.

  2. MekensehParty Avatar

    Those who call for consensus should apply it on every position, not the presidency only. How about consensus on the parliament chief. Where was consensus when they brought in mikati as pm?
    Unfortunately the Christians are so wiped out today that they are convinced with the nonsense they utter every day.
    If you want it to be a “consensual” republic, call it like that, cross-out the word democracy and appoint consensual people in all positions.
    If you want it to be a democratic country, put forth candidates, participate in elections and let the most popular win.
    For god’s sake though, please decide which you want!!!!

    1. AkhouManUki Avatar

      How about consensus on that worthless clown el Istez Berri. He’s been in power longer than any of these worthless leaders, and yet no one seems to really care. If he was able to actually do his job, we would probably have a president elected already. Instead, he’s just another puppet for Syria and Iran to make sure they infiltrate every level of our political system.

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