Presidential election: Gemayel warns of civil war if the situation persists


The Lebanese parliament failed again today  and for the 31st time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 last year.

As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally  MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session.

Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to to December 2 .

Iran is  being  blamed for the presidential vacuum by Lebanese  Forces leader Samir Geagea who was the first to announce his presidential candidacy.

sami gemayelThe  head of the Phalange  Party MP Sami Gemayel warned of the “growing sectarian divisions in Lebanon over the frequent constitutional violations.”

Gemayel said after the session: “We oppose violation of the constitution and we will confront all settlements made at the expense of the election of a president.”

“It is a shame that the election of a president is not a priority in Lebanon,” he lamented.

“It seems that officials are most concerned with making money and they are neglecting the country’s needs,” he said.

“Leaving the country without a president is leading to chaos and severe divisions that are beginning to emerge,” he remarked, while warning that Lebanon could be heading towards civil war if the situation persists.

“We reject settlements made at the expense of Lebanon, its president, and constitution,” the MP declared angrily.

Commenting on Thursday’s legislative session, which his party  is boycotting, he said: “We would love to attend any legislative session, but the law does not allow us to do so.”

“The law demands that we elect a president before doing anything else,” he stressed.

“Instead of creating more divisions and violating more laws, officials should elect a new president,” he stated, while slamming the “so-called legislation of necessity” that is endorsed by the Free Patriotic Movement.

The legislative session is set for Thursday and Friday.



3 responses to “Presidential election: Gemayel warns of civil war if the situation persists”

  1. Michaelinlondon1234 Avatar

    How did the tree planting go over the last 12 months?

    November 25, 2014
    Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb launched his “Tree for Every Citizen” project in Lebanon in the south on Monday (this was 12 months ago.)
    NGOs including The Green without Borders, Amal Baladi and Generations
    for Peace organizations launched the project with a ceremony held at the
    Jaber Cultural Center in Nabatieh. The aim of the campaign is to make
    the environment a higher-profile issue among civil society groups,
    unions and municipalities, according to media reports.
    “Let’s stand together to defend our land,” said Mustafa Badreddine.
    I figure since you have been killing each other for thousands of years. You may as well do something constructive in your spare time.
    Plant a tree…..?
    It would be good to gather to compare notes and plan out the next 12 months.

  2. Patience2 Avatar

    Iran would just love a civil war … they would just march in and make Lebanon their ‘front lawn’. (Using their Hizbushaitan, of course.)

  3. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    No president, no problems it seems as though one is not needed….. This is the constitution sold to the highest bidder. The head of state is the cheque book from foreign countries……….

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