Geagea Says 6-9-9 Cabinet Formula Would Paralyze Country

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed on Wednesday that talks are ongoing to end the current deadlock in the country, considering that the 6-9-9 cabinet formula would paralyze the country if adopted.

“Our stance concerning the government formation is clear,” Gaegea told reporters at Bkirki after hold a behind-closed doors meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to offer his congratulations on the occasion of Christmas.

He criticized Hizbullah without naming it, saying that the party is “now giving examples concerning the national unity but forgot about it when it took a sole decision to engage in battles in Syria.”

Hizbullah, a long-time ally of President Bashar Assad's government, has been increasingly involved in the Syrian conflict now its third year, with fighters battling alongside the Syrian army against the mostly Sunni Muslim rebel fighters.

Geagea said that the country need an active cabinet.

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam was appointed in April but has so far been unable to put together a government over the conditions and counter conditions set by the rivals parties as fears mount that the differences between the March 8 and 14 camps would lead to a vacuum the presidential post.

Asked about the upcoming presidential elections, Geagea told reporters that “it's time for the presidency to regain it's role, which has been marginalized during the past 23 years.”

“The term of President (Michel) Suleiman was an exception.”

Suleiman's six-year tenure ends in May 2014.

The Christian leader called on lawmakers to assume their responsibility and participate in a parliamentary session set to elect a new president.

He expressed optimism, saying: “the important thing is to exert efforts to reach safety.”

Geagea said “the constitutional life should be rectified,” considering that any constitutional government requires the approval of Suleiman and Salam.

The President had recently suggested the formation of a government capable of staging the elections regardless if it does not enjoy parliament's confidence.

The March 8 alliance however rejected the proposal, deeming it unconstitutional.

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat had proposed the formation of a new cabinet in which the March 8 and 14 alliances would get nine ministers each and six ministers would be given to the centrists – Suleiman, Salam and Jumblat.

This formula, which the March 8 alliance agreed on, prevents a certain party from controlling the government by giving veto power to Hizbullah and its team and another veto power to March 14, he said.

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Missing lebanon4ever 25 December 2013, 15:49

Merry Christmas everybody. I hope the festive season bring you joy and happiness.

Thumb ice-man 25 December 2013, 16:02

what happened to your name> ? You added another letter to another fake account?

Thumb ice-man 25 December 2013, 16:26

Sold out for Christmas!

Thumb geha 25 December 2013, 16:57

this is one of FT's fake accounts :)

Missing peace 25 December 2013, 17:35

sure but not more than your hezbi friends covered by your hypocrit FPM....

Missing peace 25 December 2013, 18:02

do i? oh! really? in your mind it seems only because in your binaary mind i am either with hezbollah or else i am a takfiri or zionist or cannibal...
yes, I know the song.

so if it pleases you and it is easier for your mind to grasp then label me as you want... i really do not care. you remind me of george bush who also sees the world in a binaray way: the good and the evils!
oh! and all the dictators in the world also see it that way! you are either with the gvt or else you work for the enemies! LOL

see you didn't invent anything, just refering to simplistic views because it is much more comforting and needs no effort of the mind....

so be my guest and refer to me as you want... it leaves me totally indifferent....

Missing peace 25 December 2013, 18:20

"the true nature of the Lebanese people is love of freedom and affection for America; and the true nature of America is support for those aspiring to freedom."


Missing peace 25 December 2013, 18:23

you still believe in lebanese politicans? LOL they are all here to defend their interests, but not the ones of the lebanese people...
the only solution is a gvt led by NON-politicians , not affiliated to any side, but who are competent and still believe in the state...
but it will never happen , the lebanese politicians greed is stronger than their interests in the nation...

Missing peace 25 December 2013, 18:50

LOL southern... but the politicians interests ARE economical and they already overlay the common one! LOL

Thumb FlameCatcher 26 December 2013, 15:13

@Southern : history has tought us that politicians fail to solve the problem. And you are eager to repeat the same mistakes. Your politicians are worthless. They do not know anything about tackling the economy, education, infrastructure, electricity, water problems and barely agriculture (beyond Hashish).

They are simply not qualified to govern.

So either let PROFESSIONALS govern or end up with the same mess and go backwards (the only thing Hezbollah was ever able to achieve politically is push us back in time).

Missing bigjohn 25 December 2013, 18:43

Why do you always bring up what ONLY aoun (which I never supported) said in the past, and never say a word about those who were praising Assad for decades? Is he the ONLY Lebanese leader who changed foreign allies? At least Aoun did not flip flop when the Syrians were in Lebanon, which what his mission was.

Those who were pro-syrian politicians who are now against Syria remind me of members of the Syrian regime I despise the most who were with the Assads for decades and now they realize that he is no good for the country after benefiting from their positions for decades.

Default-user-icon Beiruti (Guest) 25 December 2013, 18:45

And FT, your knight on the white horse! le petite generale was indicted and found guilty in abstention by the same legal authority that convicted Geagea. Aoun got his pardon from Assad, but it came at a price that Aoun willingly has paid since his return in 2005. Aoun's price is to provide political cover to Hezbollah. Geagea, at least was released free to speak his mind

Default-user-icon Beiruti (Guest) 25 December 2013, 18:48

Let us view things realistically. Hezbollah has the country in all but name only. There is a nominal government and all who participate in it are marginal players, from Berri to Sulieman. How to get back in the game?? First the Christian parties must unite on a national agenda. This is essential. As long as one is seeking private gain, and the other is still fighting battles that ended 20 years ago, the Christian parties will remain divided, weakened and irrelevant.

Missing peace 25 December 2013, 18:48

then why are you criticizing those who today take the stance of aoun in the past? aoun was a traitor at the time then? or are those who are allied with the USA wrong now when aoun was right? LOL

and may i point out to you that the politicians under the syrian rules HAD TO obey the syrians or they died... even aoun said that...was it wrong? or i bet you d prefered to have died? LOL

and those who obeyed the syrians in the past and STILL are even by knowing the horrors they did to lebanon are better because they did not filp flop? LOL

and aoun did not flip flop? but for him it is ok but not for others?

so be logic with yourself and if you accept aoun's flip flopping then accept the others... and if aoun was a patriot when he said this then why are those you criticize now not the same? LOL

Thumb beiruti 25 December 2013, 18:53

We need new leadership in the Christian parties. Lebanon is held together, history shows either by the Christian Parties, or by the Alawites. The Alawites gained control by dividing Christians and suppressing the Sunni in Lebanon, while building it's alliances with the Shia, and Joumblatt.

The evacuation of the Alawites in 2005 has left the Shia in control (Hezbollah) with a thin veneer of legitimacy provided by a Lebanese Christian faction. But the Christians have no capacity to impact national policy! only to accumulate private wealth in the ministries.

Missing bigjohn 25 December 2013, 18:56

Almost all of the politicians in Lebanon are owned and are loyal to foreign countries. That is also the case in the rest of the Arab world. If Lebanon becomes isolationist or "independent" than it will be eaten by a larger fish. The Arab world is ruled by puppets and/or dictators who work against the will of the people. large amounts of wealth is in the hands of a very few who are destroying the Arab states. Arab states are failed states. That is why Israel has been able to conquer and humiliates the Arabs for 65 years and Iran and the west are able to intervene in the internal affairs of the Arab states.

Thumb beiruti 25 December 2013, 18:59

The Christian parties who have stayed with the national movement in M14 have even less power and influence.

But if the Christian parties all united! even though a demographic minority! a united position provides leverage in sealing with Hezbollah or Mustaqbel. The leverage is that the Christians will provide one or the other with a governing majority and this will deactivate the institutions of government. The Christians will not be a junior partner, but a full partner in the government institutions, able to have a say on things that matter.

Missing bigjohn 25 December 2013, 19:13

Sectarian united Christian parties need outside money because others are getting lots of money. Country(s) who will pay them wants them to do what they tell them.

Thumb beiruti 25 December 2013, 19:03

We could even be in a position to have Hezbollah and Mustaqbel enter a bidding war offering to the Christian parties so as to win their unified support. This was Hezbollah's play in 2006 when they cut the deal with Aoun figuring that his FOM could deliver Christian votes to a Hezbollah/Christian coalition. But, it didn't work, too many Christians did not follow Aoun because of the ancient feud with Geagea and because of Aoun himself.

So, we need new leaders who can bring us together, give us leverage, engage in coalition politics and rejuvenate the national life of the country. It is my wish at Christmas 2013

Missing bigjohn 25 December 2013, 19:05

"HAD TO obey the syrians or they died" that was NEVER the case. You always had a large minority who did not collaborate with the syrians. In 1976 to 78, the LNM, and after that qornet Shehwan, islamist fundamantelist, Marxists. Also, the Lebanese leaders used the Syrians to advance their agendas at different times. We Lebanese asked the Syrians to come in 1976 because (like in the past) we were killing each other and the army was helpless to stop the fighting without breaking up.

Missing bigjohn 25 December 2013, 19:07

"so be logic with yourself and if you accept aoun's flip flopping then accept the others"

You are the person who always bring Aoun's flip flopping and nobody else. I am bringing up the former Syrian allies ONLY as a reply to your comments.

Thumb general_puppet 25 December 2013, 20:32

peace don't bother with these closet Iranians.. they need a job just like everybody else and shoveling M8 BS online is easier then selling Hizbullah tee shirts in the street.

Thumb general_puppet 25 December 2013, 20:57

Actionman... according to FFT the pajama general was kidnaped by the french foreign legion. He was kept captive in a maximum security villa for many years, after Aoun received his "special pardon" he returned to Lebanon and took his new post as a minor spokesman for the brotherly Assad regime.

Missing peace 26 December 2013, 00:13

religions are the opium of the masses and there are lots of addicted in lebanon! LOL

Thumb beiruti 26 December 2013, 01:38

Big John, you are justifying things as they are. Things as they are work against a free pluralistic Lebanon. Things as they are must change if the free Lebanon we want can have a chance to see the light of day. Yes, sure all politicians are bought and paid for by outside players who purchase Lebanese politicians so as to advance their agendas in Lebanon. You have stated the obvious, and you have stated what must change if we are to see the slide into be becoming just another failed Arab state arrested and reversed.

I others in Lebanon have given in to the cynicism that you have expressed, then Lebanon is done. My net bet though, is that Lebanon is never done. It's always in a state of becoming.

Missing formerlebaniz 26 December 2013, 04:31

It's mind blowing how march8 got the government all for themselves for the current government with no march14 inclusion what so ever! Yet it's not allowed to have march14 to have a government without march8.

It's only fair to allow march14 the same right. Despite they have won the elections so many times they were not allowed that basic right!

Thumb beiruti 26 December 2013, 04:55

The apparent double standard is the product of M8 being armed and M14 not being armed.

Default-user-icon Shangolav Zidablue (Guest) 26 December 2013, 07:06

When asked to explain, Dr. Arreet 7akeh said: uh... duh... umm... well... my master in Saudi Arabia told me that and I trust my master.

Thumb -phoenix1 26 December 2013, 13:55

Why not place Lebanon under UN mandate and let's send all these mafia clowns home?

Thumb FlameCatcher 26 December 2013, 15:16

Love him or hate him, he's 100% right !

Hezbollah has completely disregarded the rest of the Lebanese with its unilateral decisions (fighting in Syria, ...). Why should they be given veto power ?

It should only be a Majority government or a technocrat government. Hezbollah cannot govern. It's incapable of doing so. And they do not enjoy majority (except in FT and Mowaten's minds).