Al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday that the silence over the initiative launched by former PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri to nominate Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh as president demonstrates that the vacuum will last a few more months.
The initiative that was launched to end the political deadlock in Lebanon has reportedly lost steam as evidenced by the lack of local and international backing for the plan, al-Joumhouria newspaper added.
It said that only Saudi Arabia, France, and the United States are pushing for the adoption of the plan.
“Other regional powers, which consider themselves concerned over the situation in Lebanon, have not taken any stance that may demonstrate that they stand behind the initiative,” it noted.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.
Hariri had been pushing for the election of Franjieh as president in order to end the political deadlock, but this step has been met by reservations from his allies in the March 14 camp, as well as Franjieh’s allies in the March 8 camp.
FPM chief MP Michel Aoun, a key ally of Hezbollah and Franjieh refuses to budge and is insisting that he should be the president , while March 14 candidate Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea , who was the first to announce his presidency is willing to back a consensus candidate but not Franjieh