FPM Considering to Boycott Cabinet Sessions after Suleiman's Term Ends

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The Free Patriotic Movement is mulling to boycott cabinet sessions after the end of President Michel Suleiman's tenure to protest the political arch-foes' failure to elect a successor, media reports said on Thursday.

Sources close to the FPM told al-Akhbar newspaper that the “party is discussing the possibility of boycotting all government sessions after Suleiman's term ends to object the failure to carry out timely presidential polls.”

The sources pointed out that FPM officials are “still discussing the positive and negative aspects of such a move, especially, if the Marada movement and Tashnag and the rest of the March 8 ministers didn't follow suit.”

“Such an endeavor will be meaningless if our allies didn't support it.”

Parliament has so far failed to elect a new president over differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances.

Most of the March 8 camp's MPs have boycotted four rounds of elections over their call for an agreement on a consensual president.

However, sources close to the March 14 alliance questioned the usefulness of the FPM's decision as “the boycott by the movement's two ministers will not affect the cabinet.”

The sources pointed out that the coalition, including al-Mustaqbal movement, will boycott all parliamentary sessions set to take place after May 25 to protest the legislators' failure to elect a new head of state.

“Christian lawmakers affiliated in the March 14 camp and the FPM agreed to boycott all legislative sessions.”

For his part, Information Minister Ramzi Jreij considered in comments published in al-Liwaa daily that the cabinet will be able to cover up for the vacancy at the helm of the most important Christian post in the state.

“A president should be elected as soon as possible,” Jreij said, describing the matter as “crucial.”

The minister expressed the cabinet's readiness to assume all its responsibilities according to the constitution.

There are fears that the vacuum in the country's top Christian post would affect Lebanon's power-sharing agreement under which the president should be a Maronite, the premier a Sunni and the speaker a Shiite.

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Comments 14
Missing karim_ 22 May 2014, 08:36

God bless General Aoun.

Thumb popeye 22 May 2014, 08:42

where is @mckinl? Say hello for me

Missing forces 22 May 2014, 10:27

After reading this article Karim, I am with you, I too believe he is in need of some divine intervention.

Thumb popeye 22 May 2014, 08:37

the “party is discussing the possibility of boycotting all government sessions after Suleiman's term ends to object the failure to carry out timely presidential polls.”

hehehehehe! AM I reading this correctly...LOL. Aoun's party objecting the failure to carry out timely presidential elections! These people are shameless!! Ok, go down to parliament today and elect your candidate.

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 09:17

The FMP have shown their true colors, they assist the militia in sabotaging the vote by not showing up. Unless all the blocks agree on their candidate but they will not even officially name a candidate...despicable, gutless and under the Axis Boot.

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 09:08

“A president should be elected as soon as possible,”... amazing every time they open their mouths, they sound Crazier. Maybe they did not explain the voting process well... your suppose to show up, and cast a ballot then you get a President.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 10:11

popular vote for presidency the only solution at least it will stop FPM from boycotting the elections and others to obey they master orders
power to the people let the Lebanese elect their own president
at least the president will be 100% made in Lebanon voted by Lebanese only

Missing forces 22 May 2014, 10:29

This must be a typo...I will reserve my opinion until roro log's in and tells us how it is, because at the moment it sounds crazier than his speeches. :)

Missing peace 22 May 2014, 11:22

followed by an idiotic comment as usual....

Thumb eagledawn 22 May 2014, 12:17

another opportunity for the hateful loser 'flamethrower" to vent its hate instead of posting sthg worthwhile..

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 19:27

Flimflam you old hag, stop whining about Naharnet and go someplace els.

Thumb FlameCatcher 22 May 2014, 12:04

FPM is directly responsible for any vacuum that occurs.

They failed to present a candidate. They failed to present a presidential program.

Aoun should be declared ineligible for violation of the constitution and high treason for collaboration with enemies of the republic of Lebanon including Bashar and Iran !

Thumb FlameCatcher 22 May 2014, 15:23

Where do you see me support Geagea or M14 in my comment?

M14 has a lineup of candidates which are all open to negotiations. M8 doesn't. Which is why they are responsible !

Thumb beiruti 22 May 2014, 18:38

You have to hand it to Lebanon's political class. When they make mistakes, they really know how to double down and make things only worse by compounding and emphasizing their errors. How to correct boycotting Parliament, well of course, boycott the Council of Ministers. Just look at how well boycotting Parliament has worked!!
Who is the beneficiary of all of these sticks put to the wheel of constitutional government? The unconstitutional government of Hezbollah, Aoun's erstwhile ally. Hezbollah could not have done better if Syria had remained in occupation of the country and paralyzed the government.