Geagea seeking to end Lebanon presidential election impasse

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Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, speaks during a news conference at his house in Maarab villageLebanese Forces Leader Samir Geagea  who was the first to announce his candidacy for the presidential election revealed on Wednesday that he will reiterate his solution to the presidential deadlock in an effort to end the stalemate .

In remarks published in An Nahar newspaper  on Wednesday Geagea said that he will seek with his allies  in  March 14 to suggest anew his solution to end the presidential stalemate.

He told the daily  that his “initiative” highlights the selection of another March 14 candidate, but if the allies failed he would remain their sole nominee for the presidency.

Last  May, Geagea proposed to withdraw his candidacy from the presidential elections if a deal was reached to back the candidacy of another March 14 alliance member.

The Christian leader considered that the camp should settle on a candidate ahead of the upcoming parliamentary session on September 2 to elect a new head of state.

The LF chief said that the March 14 coalition has been pressing to end the stalemate through democratic and civilized means.

However, he expressed regret that “the exerted efforts are being thwarted by the other team’s stubbornness.”

Syrian and Iraqi regime behind  ISIS

Concerning the growing power of the Islamic State of the Iraq and Syria  in the region ( ISIS) , Geagea accused the regimes of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of supporting and nourishing it.

He pointed out that efforts should be exerted to combat this “phenomenon” and eliminate it as soon as possible.

The militants   who  launched in early June a major offensive in northern Iraq, have declared a “caliphate” straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria.

Background

The Lebanese parliament failed for the tenth 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 September 2 , 2014

After  Geagea secured 48 votes last April 23, the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance including FPM leader MP Michel Aoun 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 other 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 June.

September is the date

Gabriele CacciaVatican Ambassador to Lebanon Bishop Gabriele Caccia ( pictured) , informed the rival political parties that the country will witness the election of a new president  in September, according to  report by al-Liwaa newspaper published on Wednesday

Caccia, who will accompany Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai to the Vatican, said that the new president will not be from the  list of names circulated by  the media .

Rai will travel to the Vatican on Thursday to meet with Pope Francis and other senior officials for talks on the presidential deadlock and the exodus of Christians and minorities in Iraq and Syria.

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8 responses to “Geagea seeking to end Lebanon presidential election impasse”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    ‘Where IS Lebanon Heading Now?’
    I’m on my 4AM Hot Dog break … but will look into that question soon …

    September … will Fall. But poor Aoun … I sure understand the feelings …
    I ‘Aspired’ to be Playboy’s only photographer, but Hefner wouldn’t dismiss all the others.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      ‘Where IS Lebanon Heading Now?’
      (First Question: ‘Why are a 2 & 5 yr-old playing on a 3-lane road at night?’)
      BEIRUT: A Lebanese motorist hit and killed two children, aged 2 and 5, on the Beirut airport road overnight, a security source said Wednesday.
      The source told The Daily Star that Fatmeh Wehbeh Hamdan was being held after the nighttime accident.
      The source identified the victims, both Lebanese, as Zakariya Tufaili, 2, and Sarah Abbas Wehbeh, 5.
      Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
      ————
      TRIPOLI: A devastating crash Friday between a commuter mini-bus and a truck on the Minjiz-Akkar road in north Lebanon left four people dead, including two women, and 23 injured, several of them seriously.
      Among the fatalities were Naaman Hasan Ibrahim, Marwa al-Ali and Fatmeh Diab, security sources said.
      Of the 23 injured, 17 were hospitalized and later released.
      The sources said the truck driver fled after the 7 a.m. crash.
      The owner of the mini-bus that was smashed up in the accident was identified by his family name al-Naaman. He comes from the northern village of Akroum.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        (How did they get 30 people into THAT? And WHY?)
        Only 4 dead … I assume they became the ‘air-bags’ for the others.

        1. kamille1 Avatar

          when is the last time you’ve been to tripoli 5th??

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            About 6 years ago (had to think on it) … wanted to return too … but then …

          2. kamille1 Avatar

            i hear you..i might be going back in a few weeks, yalla plan on it, we can have a good cup of coffee every morning..lol

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            7 hrs apart ….

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    And since I’m hogging the Lebanese news now …. Gaza having taken center-stage … 😉

    Tripoli Liban lost a KFC because of what some guy in America wrote as a stupid screen-play, and was picked up somehow in North Africa, but seen by few, and resulted in mayhem.
    In TEXAS USA, however, they posted this in a ‘Halal whatevers’ store in 2009, and no-body even came to steal the chips, let alone burn it down. Sign says:
    “We will be closed on Friday, September 11 2009, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali.”
    (Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers …)

    SO … the question … do you think there has been a little ‘escalating’ going on since 2009 ??

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