Lebanon parliament failed again to elect a president


Baabda presidential chair  awaits the new occupant of the palace
Baabda presidential chair awaits the new occupant of the palace
The Lebanese parliament failed for the ninth time in a row to hold a session to elect the country’s new president to replace Michel Suleiman whose terms ended on May 25.

As in the previous sessions , the vote could not be held as lawmakers allied with the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group boycotted the voting for lack of agreement on a consensus president.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the session to elect a new president to August 12 , 2014

There are serious concerns that a prolonged vacuum at the Baabda presidential place would affect Lebanon’s power-sharing system under which the president should be a Christian Maronite, the speaker a Shiite and the PM a Sunni.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea held a press conference in which he accused the lawmakers of obstructing the elections and violating their duties towards the people who elected them.

“We have exerted all possible legitimate efforts to stage the polls. We will not surrender or despair.” He said

“The elections will be held. This may take time, but it is better than doing nothing,” he stressed.

He accused Hezbollah of obstructing the elections for the sake of Iran’s interests
“Hezbollah is obstructing the elections to achieve Iranian interests.” He said.

He also accused Change and Reform of being behind Hezbollah’s efforts to make sure its leader MP Michel Aoun is elected as the president .

“The main internal factor in obstructing the polls is the Change and Reform bloc’s desire to see MP Michel Aoun as president.” He said

“The other camp’s mentality does not respect democracy, the country, people, presidency and logic,” he added.

“We would not have been upset over the vacuum had there been legitimate reasons for it, however, obstructing the elections in this manner is unjustified,” he stressed.

Furthermore, he criticized the “insolence” of proposing a constitutional amendment at such a critical time.

“The constitutional amendment proposal is aimed at improving one’s negotiation options,” Geagea said in reference to Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun’s suggestion that the president be elected directly by the people.

“We could have held the elections and later addressed the constitutional amendment,” Geagea added

After Geagea secured 48 votes last April 23, the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance including MP Michel Aoun and MP Suleiman Franjieh walked out from the parliament to make sure there was no quorum to elect a president. They continued their boycott of the parliament during the 5 other sessions that followed .

Both Aoun and Franjieh boycotted all the sessions that followed.

Aoun has not announced his candidacy but he aspires to become a consensual nominee
“I will announce my nomination when the political situation in parliament becomes clear and when (the current candidates) are dismissed,” Aoun said last month



4 responses to “Lebanon parliament failed again to elect a president”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Why say anything? It will be the same next month, and the month after … etc, etc.

  2. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Are they still trying to vote for empty shell? I guess Iran has not given its blessings yet.. they will exhaust all the MP’s to death then force them to accept Kahwaji.. Like they did with Suleiman.. I really think if we elect Aoun which Hezbollah and Iran will never do, he will change like Jimbulaya and get killed by them.. Then Geagea will get the presidency on a silver platter. I wish Geagea and Aoun will go away and leave us to elect someone reasonable and never fought in the war or killed anyone..

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Can’t comment again … on next article … but it ties into this:

    “He wondered what Christians in Iraq and the city of Mosul did to be treated with such hatred.”
    Obviously Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros al-Rai has not been reading YaLibnan. 😉

    Christians there didn’t have to do anything to be hated.
    The Koran, it seems, places them into the ‘slave category’ – and the ones running from that particular ‘job’ given out so nicely by ISIS are simply hated for not taking it.
    You’d think after 2000 years that al-Rai would actually understand … but then, he’s a religionist too.

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