Suleiman Congratulates Geagea on his Vision for 'Strong Republic'

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President Michel Suleiman has telephoned Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea to congratulate him on the announcement of his candidacy for the presidential elections and his platform, the LF chief's press office said Thursday.

The terse statement said the phone conversation between Suleiman and Geagea took place on Wednesday night.

“Suleiman congratulated him on the announcement of his candidacy for the presidency and his presidential program, and lauded … its clear vision for a strong Republic,” it said.

Geagea announced on Wednesday his presidential program that focused on restoring the authority of the state against the proliferation of weapons during a time of regional unrest.

The LF chief also called for a state monopoly on the use of force, including confronting Israel.

He is the sole politician to have officially announced his candidacy for the polls, which are first scheduled to be held on April 23.

Speaker Nabih Berri called on MPs to meet next Wednesday, although the election is not expected to be an easy process amid a lack of agreement on a consensual candidate.

President Michel Suleiman's six-year tenure ends on May 25.

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Comments 34
Thumb sophia_angle 17 April 2014, 09:55

election results:

45% - 40% - 15%

Missing forces 17 April 2014, 10:04

Regardless of the results and public opinion there is no doubting Geagea has pioneered the presidential elections in Lebanon. Setting out his vision clearly and publicly and offering this much needed piece of transparency in Lebanese politics will lay the platform and set the expectations for all future presidential candidates.

Thumb eagledawn 17 April 2014, 14:57

the propaganda machine is in full force

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:04

Aouns track record:
Killing Muslims and Christians in indiscriminate bombardments of east and west Beirut.
Refusal in obeying orders of a superior.
Promising to be the last to leave the battle field and running to the french embassy as soon as he could (OH SORRY the french ambassador himself came and tied up Aoun and FORCED him into exile)
Selling his principles as stated in his "forced" exile in France and changing every single point he talked about and fought for.
Leaving his wife and daughter before leaving.. or forgetting to tell the ambassador to knock them out and "force" them into exile as well.
Visiting the Bashar al Assad and agreeing with him that there are no more prisoners in Syria.. thus selling out his die hard followers.
may him and Geagea get into a duel with a draw result.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:04

how many times do we need to tell you... Geagea and the LF were not fighting the LAF.. as Aoun was no longer the head of the army, and was replaced in this role by Lahoud (the man you hold in such high esteem) by our parliament.
He was also not PM as there was also an elected PM... he was a deserter of the LAF and had his own militia made up of more army deserters.
So please stop this BS of calling them LAF.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:24

FT i miss your constant existence as nothing more than tp for Aoun.

He was not bombing the syrians... there were many residential neighborhoods that were bombarded by Aoun.

His Superior...the parliament who appointed a PM, that named as cheif of the LAF LAHOOD... just because gmeyel did something unconstitutional does not make it so...

yes as i was saying... he was forced.. they bagged him and gagged him.. he could not choose to stay as he said regardless of the deal and fight with his troops for what he believed in... they came when he was sleeping.. duct taped him and forced him to leave his wife and daughter in this "forced" syria-us deal....

so now tell me.. do you still write dear santa letters?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:32

The artillery and rocket exchanges today covered most of Lebanese territory from Beirut's Muslim southern suburbs to Byblos, the Christian city 30 miles to the north. Mountain areas including the Druse-controlled Shuf district, the Christian heartland in Kesruan and the Syrian-controlled Bekaa region in eastern Lebanon were pounded rounds from field artillery and rocket launchers.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:33

from this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/06/world/22-reported-killed-by-artillery-barrages-in-beirut.html

only syrians moo hayk?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:42

"Selling his principles as stated in his "forced" exile in France and changing every single point he talked about and fought for."
what you see as whimsical mind changes are adaptations to rapidly changing political situations on the ground. but haters gotta hate and that's what you're good at: you're a binary hater with bile to spare and brain space for rent.

yup... the political situation changed in 24 hours.. no less... 5 hours (thats how long the plane ride took from paris to beirut).

You are a blind follower.. an a__l masochist.. a head nodder... at best... your IQ rivals the coldest winter blizzards in the north pole.. and you have the gall to talk about anyone else?

tell me einstien... if he adapts to the rapidly changing political environment.. why did he give his last man standing speech and so soon after go to exile... wlak di3an il oxygen... keep wiping ..

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:43

"Leaving his wife and daughter before leaving.. or forgetting to tell the ambassador to knock them out and "force" them into exile as well. "
flat-out lie. his family was shipped on the plane following his, in less than 24 hours as part of the syro-american deal.

oh he was absolutly fine with that.. tell me aflaton.. if it was a deal.. why not ask for his wife and daughter before he leaves??? why did they not join him in the french embassy??? there was plenty of time... why leave them??? and rely on Hobeika to get them out?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:45

"Visiting the Bashar al Assad and agreeing with him that there are no more prisoners in Syria.. thus selling out his die hard followers. "
he didnt agree with him, he said to the press what assad told him. he also advised for diggings around the ministry of defense and DNA tests to determine who died here and who is still missing

great dig... but in france he was adamant was he not? where is his talk about them now? or is it just dig.. and hey peeps.. thats what assad said... bdeh bdeh bdeh thats all folks.. mission accomplished...

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 15:53

me and eagle will take the room after you and roar are done with it.. but it seems like you guys just love too much fudge packing and have been in there forever and a day.. guess me and eagle are not to be... but hey.. as long as you guys are happy me and eagle will be just fine.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:06

would you like to ask your friend ft for saying it for me to reply to him???

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:08

i dont really care if you think i reported it or not.. but does it make you a smart person to think that i did after i replied to it??? why wouldnt i just report it instead of going on this long triad with someone with half a brain cell???

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:09

roar me and you have had our disagreements, and our civil conversations... and that comment was not aimed at you but FT who told me to do the same thing with eagle... and you were the unfortunate second person because .. well.. you were just here... maybe i should take you out of that room and put a goat in.. it would be more to FTs standards...

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:13

again.. i will apologize and i will admit my mistake.. you did not wrong me in this conversation.. and i accidentally did... as i said.. i take it back and will have FT and a goat instead.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:15

hey southern... really .. you deduced all that in one sentence??? no comment against ft stating me and peace get a room prior to me answering... typical fool.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:06

hahaha... well that does not make you right...

Missing coolmec 17 April 2014, 16:07

did you read his political agenda or his vision of his presidency?? couldn't be vaguer

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:11

i am a christian by birth.. i do not believe in the church... i believe in God... i do not believe in God's representatives on earth... and i will not defend them... nor will i attack them.

me and Geagea are right? so he thinks he should be put to death as well?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 16:16

me not protecting the patriach is not almost endorsing his attackers... why because i refuse to defend him?? or any other "man of God"??? he is an average joe in my eyes... again i will not disrespect him personally... and will not defend him either... he's a big boy.. let him get a naharnet account and defend himself.

Missing forces 17 April 2014, 16:30

arzak don't even waste your time these are the highly paid M8 aouniey marketing department who are too stupid to coment on articles but resort to childish banter and distorted historical recolections to justify their means. even an article on this forum that is general in nature cannot be comented on, instead their hatred for anyone opposing their silver spoon elitist mentality regardless of post content leads them to start spitting at everyone in the hope of diverting attention from their faults. we have seen this many times how a simple comment can lead to 90 comments of diatribe.. then FT and roro and co will show there true colors by insulting the good people of bcharri once they run out of BS to spit at us.. maturity at it's best..

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 17:00

i was never defending Geagea.. please copy paste any sentence i said in his defense.. i was attacking two warlords... putting them on par with each other..
and for you to say i run to his defense every article is a blatant lie... as i have not commented on lebanese politics on this site for a while.. and instead laugh at idiots defending this or the other...

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 17:02

the problem is that it is on both sides of the spectrum... i admit (as i have before) that i lean more to the principles of m14... but i am not a mustaqbali... or an lfer.. or any other component in m14 and believe they are just as bad as m8...some people in lebanon cannot comprehend that one is not FOR any one party.. but for a principle... i think it goes beyond their mental capabilities.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 17 April 2014, 17:04

last message was for forces.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 17 April 2014, 10:11

not only the proliferation of arms Mr geagea but also proliferation of wild and uncontrolled money had to be stopped
just lead by example MR geagea and announce to the world how much money you got and from where and all politicians should do that
this is real transparency

Missing forces 17 April 2014, 10:44

wow Hanoun I was happy to start with baby steps, but if we could achieve this then Lebanon will truly be a utopia.thumbs up for you... do you think this is a realistic expectation? and do you think if one did this the others would follow? sadly I have my doubts, I am happy with baby steps as long as we start moving forward.

Thumb skitzoman 17 April 2014, 10:28

He has no chance to win. He should endorse someone else like Amin Gemayal

Default-user-icon Rambo (Guest) 17 April 2014, 10:52

As opposed to Hezbollah's vision for a strong republic:

Something to do with Israeli-American-Takfiris.

Thumb skitzoman 17 April 2014, 11:01

rambo what are you talking about?

Default-user-icon JohnDoe (Guest) 17 April 2014, 11:01

Geagea's courageous vision for Lebanon is a solid platform and is a breath of fresh air. He called it the way he sees it. He will be supported by the Lebanese people, the army and the international community. Unfortunately, he will be subject to assassination like so many others before him for saying pretty much the same thing. Hizbullah will never disarm, will never allow anybody to have control over its arsenal, and Iran and Bashar will continue to support them militarily and otherwise. This of course will lead to a bloody civil war again. A strong president will be strong only when supported by a strong army and a strong ISF. I am not sure this is possible for now.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 17 April 2014, 11:33

what differenciate leaders from others is that true leaders lead by example and take the first step and more if it happens with a leader truly comes the school of ( haythou la yajrou2ou el akharoun )
god bless 10452

Default-user-icon JohnDoe (Guest) 17 April 2014, 12:12

Are you on something man? Very intelligent post....

Thumb Abubakr 17 April 2014, 22:09

Don't forget to congratulate him for being the number one israel agent and criminal :)