Franjieh meets Patriarch Rai . Vows to stay in the presidential race


franjieh-raiMarada Movement leader  MP Suleiman Franjieh held talks Wednesday  with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai and stressed that he will remain  the presidential race.

After a 45-minute closed-door meeting, Franjieh and al-Rai continued their talks over a lunch banquet, National News Agency reported .

“The atmosphere was excellent,” Franjieh told reporters after the talks.

“The meeting with his Eminence is normal prior to the upcoming electoral session and we discussed the current developments in the country,” Franjieh  added.

And in response to a question, the Marada chief emphasized that he will stay in the presidential race although the chances of his electoral rival MP Michel Aoun seem to be much better.

His meeting comes one day after Aoun met with  the Maronite Patriarch .

Lebanon has been without a president for more than two years, part of a political crisis that has resulted in a breakdown in many basic services and concerns about the country’s stability.

Members of parliament will vote on a president on Oct 31 after former prime minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he would back Aoun as president, part of a deal in which he is expected to again be appointed as prime minister.

Lebanon’s dominant movement, Shiite Hezbollah, is allied to Aoun and its leader  Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday his members of parliament would vote for him in the election.



21 responses to “Franjieh meets Patriarch Rai . Vows to stay in the presidential race”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    WOW … they are all lining up to try to find out what ‘the other guy’ said in the Confessional, now. :-)))

  2. yes mister aoun is good mister.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I guess you can pray that he is, dab …

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        At least there are candidates..

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Sounded like to me (after one guy put up his hand first) there was only one from the beginning … just took them MANY MOONS to agree to actually hold an ‘inner-circle’ election. ;-))))

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            Hind Abyad

            dab- me good mister work to mush mister how is yu hoped good mister

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Thank you Dab …. I am as good, as can be, for an old guy. 🙂
            Hope your brother becomes healthy. Sorry you need to work all the time.
            Also sorry we never had the chance to sit on your porch and watch the girls go by. 😉
            But life changes … always. I wish you well in life.

          3. Yu come dahia mister veranda good now mister argileih good mister

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I’d enjoy the Argileih, Dab – Apple flavour please. 🙂
            I have an 18-yr old Scotch to go with it. :-))
            Happy the veranda got fixed. 🙂 We can dream a little …

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            Hind Abyad

            dab butzakar mister Hannibal? 😉

          6. yes me remmber hanihael mister he goood mistres he frome shamel mister he no likeds mokawameh mister

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            Hind Abyad

            You mean Charbel? He likes everybody;-)

      2. Hannibal Avatar

        Who else can speak Dab? 😉 I tried but failed lol

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          I was looking for you 😉
          I want to know if i’m right Mosul Assyrian Bishop is speaking in Aramaic.. b’ybki

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Near Mosul in a village, after ‘clearing’ ISIS ….. trashed .. but standing …

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Iraqi forces liberate Christian towns from ISIS, stand within 10 miles of Mosul

          3. Hannibal Avatar

            That is Assyrian very close to Aramaic. Sad when the owners become foreigners in their own land and foreigners become the owners. The days of ISIS are at an end… Screw them and screw their umma and their khalifa.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Hi dab kif halak, betzakar mister 5thDrawer?

      1. yes me butzaker 5th mister he is goood mister

      2. me good mister work to mush mister how is yu hoped good mister

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