Vacuum is the only consensus presidential candidate, says Franjieh

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franjieh readyMarada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh said Wednesday evening   in remarks published by al Nahar on Thursday that “Lebanon  is in a very dangerous situation , because it cannot  be  isolated from the  current regional developments .

He pointed out that the “consensus presidential candidate is now the “vacuum “, adding :”  If there was a consensus candidate, we would have come to the parliament . Cconsensus  does not exist right now in Lebanon.”

He added :  Consensus does not mean to have a  consensus candidate. It could mean that  the  President could be  from  the March 8 alliance and the prime minister from the  March 14 alliance , this  is consensus. Why should we always have  a consensus president ? ”

Commenting on the kidnapped army personnel  he said:  “the Lebanese army has a clear mandate from the government to do what it sees fit, and to do anything  it can to release the hostages  .”

Franjieh’s comments come 1 day after the  Lebanese parliament failed on Tuesday   and for the twelfth  time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25.

As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the  Hezbollah -led  March 8 alliance which also includes    MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc   and Franjieh boycotted the sessions.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the  session on the election of a president to October 9 after  the lack of quorum.


Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea  who was the first to announce his candidacy for the presidential office blasted the  March MPs   over their failure to attend the session  .

“Four months without a president is unacceptable, ” he said during a press conference

He added: “We presented our candidacy , proposed a solution to the deadlock, and attended electoral sessions. What else was the March 14 camp supposed  to do?

“I am a candidate who is willing to accept the nomination of others.” He added

Aoun has not officially announced his candidacy, claiming there should be a consensus on him first, but Hezbollah never officially nominated him .