Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun has not yet declared his stance regarding the potential nomination of Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh as president before knowing the latter’s stance on electoral law , the daily al-Mustaqbal reported on Saturday.
It said that Aoun, who is also a presidential candidate wants to receive “guarantees” on the parliamentary electoral law before determining his position on the nomination.
“He is keen to find out what electoral law will be adopted as part of a settlement that is being devised with ending the presidential deadlock.”
Aoun’s sources told the daily that the MP is dealing with the electoral law issue as a key factor that will determine his future stance regarding Franjieh
Franjieh’s visitors meanwhile told al-Mustaqbal that he is “not yet prepared to discuss the electoral law.”
“This file is complicated and time is needed to find a consensual electoral law formula,” they explained.
Furthermore, they said that “placing conditions on his nomination is tantamount to rejecting his candidacy.”
Franjieh has emerged as a potential presidential candidate in recent days following talks he had held last week with former PM and Future Movement chief MP Saad Hariri in Paris, France.
Meanwhile sources revealed to the Kuwaiti newspaper al Anbaa that the Franjieh promised Hariri 2 undertakings:
1- His continued commitment concerning “the Taif Agreement”,
2- His continued commitment to maintain the current electoral law the so called 1960 law.
If the Anbaa report is correct , Aoun could stand in the way of Franjieh nomination , unless Hezbollah tries to use its influence to pressure him to support it.