Geagea: We Must Limit Period of Presidential Vacuum as Much as Possible

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lamented on Thursday the political powers' failure to elect a president following the obstruction of quorum for the fourth time by the March 8 alliance.

He said during a press conference: “We must exert efforts with all sides in order to limit the period of presidential vacuum as much as possible.”

He accused the March 8 camp of obstructing quorum, saying that only the Development and Liberation bloc respected Speaker Nabih Berri's call to attend the sessions, as well as the centrist Democratic Gathering bloc of MP Walid Jumblat.

Commenting on Change and Reform MP Ibrahim Kanaan's claim that the bloc is seeking the election of a president through sound means, Geagea noted that this would be the one time in 24 years that a president would be elected without foreign meddling.

Moreover, he remarked that had Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun run in the elections, he would have lost to Geagea should the elections been held in the constitutional manner.

“This is why the March 8 alliance has been obstructing quorum,” he added.

In addition, the LF leader revealed that Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi had informed him of his disappointment with some of the Maronite leaders who had reneged on their vow to ensure that the presidential elections are held.

Geagea had held talks with al-Rahi on Wednesday.

A meeting for the four Maronite leaders, Aoun, Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh, Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel, and representatives of the LF, agreed during a meeting chaired by al-Rahi in March not to obstruct the polls and ensure the election of a president before May 25.

Geagea did not attend the talks with security reasons, but he agreed to their decisions.

President Michel Suleiman's term ends on May 25.

Parliament failed on Thursday to elect a president for the fifth time following a boycott by the majority of the March 8 camp over the ongoing differences with the March 14 alliance on a presidential candidate.

Berri has kept parliament sessions open-ended until Suleiman's term ends.

M.T.

G.K.

Comments 15
Thumb eagledawn 22 May 2014, 13:57

God Bless Hakim, we will always be with you.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 14:27

Lebanese still remember the orthodox law how the patriarch and all the rest of Lebanese agreed on it and you stabbed them all in the back ya hakim ya sahib mabda2

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 14:54

popular vote now and all politicians and their funders will shut up

Thumb Mystic 22 May 2014, 16:09

He is about to witness his own downfall.

Missing georgeskyp 22 May 2014, 19:01

Well whats the worst? Hide underground like you know who?

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 17:59

the only way to illiminate any vacuum is popular vote
god bless democracy

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 18:45

Ariel smells like mono-crusher in drag... speaking of bad smells, where is the-snore? He made a bigger fool of himself then usual with those racist comments the other day.

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 18:56

eagledawn, this one-man show is boring. The best performance was 2 days ago when Wolfy was calling the_snore the "Samson" of Naharnet... the_snore was beaming, he probably spent the next 2 hours taking bows in front of his mirror.

Missing georgeskyp 22 May 2014, 19:03

Should he take the French Sub like the deserter who left his soldiers to get executed?

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 19:06

.-.wolfy. where is Naharnets "Samson"... is he out smiting Zionist Cannibals with Nasrallah's jaw bone?

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 19:13

Geagea, the militia will not let a vote take place under any circumstance. Hizbullah has no use for Aoun as President, his only use is as an umbrella. Nasrallah wants Kahwaji or vacuum.

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 19:19

Hello Wolfy... if I throw a comment over to Tayyar, will you go fetch & promise to stay there?

Default-user-icon runnymede (Guest) 22 May 2014, 19:34

Wolf destroying churches you mean like Michel Aoun did in 1990 to Saint Nicolas cathedral in Ashrafieh?That's cruel even for a wolf,it cost million$ and took almost ten years to rebuild.

Default-user-icon shamir (Guest) 22 May 2014, 19:55

Ariel is flamy it was obvious from the fist time he posted

Default-user-icon nhcwiurht vertodf (Guest) 22 May 2014, 22:19

Call it Le Must de Dr. Arreet 7akeh, another stinking puking artet 7akeh.