Franjieh: No President Can be Elected without Assad Consent

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Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh on Wednesday announced that any candidate must enjoy Syrian President Bashar Assad's approval to be elected a president in Lebanon, noting that the embattled Syrian leader would be “pleased” if Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun manages to reach the Baabda Palace.

“No president can be elected in Lebanon without Bashar Assad's consent,” Franjieh underlined during an interview with NBN television.

“Assad will be pleased if General Aoun becomes president and this is what he has announced and Aoun knows that Assad admires him,” Franjieh added.

Commenting on Aoun's remarks that he would guarantee former Premier Saad Hariri's “political security” if he returns to Lebanon, the Marada chief described the statement as a “slip of the tongue.”

He pointed out that the FPM leader did not mean that he knows the parties that might seek to assassinate Hariri.

In response to a question, Franjieh said he does not support Aoun's proposal on staging parliamentary elections in the absence of a president, saying “we had agreed in Bkirki not to hold elections under the 1960 (electoral) law.”

Pressed several times to reveal whether he would eventually agree to holding the polls, Franjieh said: “I believe that national accord is more important than anything … the entire system is wrong nowadays.”

Earlier on Wednesday, lawmakers failed for the seventh time to elect a new president as differences between the rival parties seemed not to be abating.

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the session to July 2 to fill the seat of the country's top Christian post at Baabda Palace.

The failure to choose a successor to Michel Suleiman, whose term expired on May 25, is the result of the boycott of the majority of March 8 alliance's MPs.

Aoun, whose Change and Reform bloc is among those who caused lack of quorum in parliament, has said he would run for the presidency if there was consensus on him.

Y.R.

Comments 36
Missing mansour 18 June 2014, 22:51

lol the president of Lebanon needs the acceptance of ASSad...hahah idiot!!

Long Live The Syrian Civil War

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 18 June 2014, 23:07

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. A "slip of the tongue" and "No president can be elected in Lebanon without Bashar Assad's consent,”. Shameless, worthless, traitors, unpatriotic, cowards would be the nicest things anyone can say about this scum bag and the mighty deserter.

Thumb mobious125 18 June 2014, 23:19

Seriously, how embarrassing is this for the Lebanese people. Shameful.

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:29

"Embarrassing"? at least someone is telling the truth that m14 and M8 are owned by other countries!

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 18 June 2014, 23:44

how does what you stated not make it embarrassing? if anything, it makes it even more embarrassing to anyone with any self respect and a shred of patriotism.

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:48

So it is embarassing if ONLY someone tells the truth? It is not embarrasing if it is a fact that it has always happened since Lebanese "independence" and they LIE to the people?

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:50

Btw, I did not say it was NOT embarassing, I said that at least he is telling the TRUTH

Missing forces 19 June 2014, 05:18

Why would anyone try to defend or justify this moron's words? Don't bother with your " I know he is an Assad bootlicking worm.....BUT" justifications. The mareeda movement and the not so free and patriotic movement apparently cannot move with Syrians blessings. Bunch of goat herders.

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:28

"Franjieh: No President Can be Elected without Assad Consent"...He also did not mention the consent of KSA and Zionist occupied America! Have any lebanese president been selected in lebanese history who did not have the approval of the KSA and Zionist America??? I guess Franjieh here who is a fan of Assad is trying to remind everyone that Assad is as important in lebanon as the KSA and Zionist occupied USA, which is false. Iran maybe, but no longer Assad.

Missing peace 18 June 2014, 23:30

"Have any lebanese president been selected in lebanese history who did not have the approval of the KSA and Zionist America??? "

yes there are.... remember a bit that's all

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:33

Who?????????????????????????????

Missing peace 18 June 2014, 23:51

if you are honest with yourself you will find the answer!

Missing bigjohn 19 June 2014, 00:00

If you are honest, you can name me one president who the US or KSA opposed. The US and KSA did oppose Lahoud at the end, but not the beginning. They were not opposed to Hrawi, Sarkis, and everyone before them. BTW, what have Lebanese presidents done that was significant to the interests of other countries. Sarkis used to hide in basements when shells were flying, the US supported Chamoun, but the crisis ended without the US involvement since the Lebanse Army did not intervene and Chamoun gave up the idea for a second term.

Missing peace 18 June 2014, 23:29

aoun is the perfect puppet for the syrians, that is why M8 are desperate that he is elected to please their masters... and they talk about "no foreign powers shall decide! " LOL @ those hypocrits!!!
the man that said that syria was a terrorist country, that no good to come to Lebanon till the assad family rule over syria, that this regime must be eliminated... now? for the chair, he sold his soul and principles...
and there are still idiot sheep to follow him LOL
and they talk about independance? what a farce they are!

Missing bigjohn 18 June 2014, 23:31

Peace..give Aoun a break about what Aoun said about Syria when it had thousands of troops in lebanon. mention for a change the praises given to the Assads by Hariri and company when the Syrian troops were in lebanon.

Missing peace 18 June 2014, 23:52

every one in power praised the syrian regime at the time... it was either that or die... LOL - even aoun said they were obliged to praise syria!- but some after worked to try and make Lebanon independent from the ones that sucked lebanese economy and killed hundreds while others are still praising the very same regime and work for them with no shame...
so i will rather spit on those who still collaborate with syria knowing the direct harm they caused and are proud of it than others who ally other countries now out of politics even if it can be debatable!

Missing bigjohn 19 June 2014, 00:07

"every one in power praised the syrian regime at the time... it was either that or die" Really??? No leader had to collaborate with the Syrian regime, by constantly praising them. Hariri was put in power by the Syrian mukhabarat. Many Lebanese leaders were either silent or left the country.

Thumb lebanesenationalist 19 June 2014, 00:19

In any other civilized country, Frangieh's "career" would be over after those remarks. I don't care if you're M8 or M14, think about what he is saying carefully. If you have one shred of patriotism for your country, you cannot defend any person that says "no LEBANESE president can be elected without X's consent. Who the hell is Assad to give us his "consent"?

Ya 3ayb el shoum 3a hal nawar.

Thumb lebanesenationalist 19 June 2014, 21:18

Lol ok, my apologies to any nawar on here.

Thumb westernlebanese 19 June 2014, 02:49

Am i reading this correctly?? Lebanon has its own independence... why would Lebanon need the ok of syria?? someone tell me whyy? and how is anyone ok with it??? how does it make sense to anyone unless you are from the corrupt shee3a sect

Thumb scorpyonn 19 June 2014, 04:12

To hell with Assad// it is time to get rid of the creep.

Missing forces 19 June 2014, 05:12

If you have watched this interview you could hear vaugely in the background sleimans favourite song being played by condy lauper : true colours. Pathetic excuse for a human being.

Thumb geha 19 June 2014, 05:53

another traitor to his country! he promotes assad as if he was his father!

Default-user-icon koura (Guest) 19 June 2014, 06:01

Qawmi bigjohn vehemently disagrees, you can find him vehemently disgreeing on every story that has anything to do with Lebanon's relation with Syria, like this one notice how today he did not comment on anything else

Default-user-icon koura (Guest) 19 June 2014, 06:10

I know were frangieh was he was in every cabinet playing the role of Christian cover for the Syrian army occupation like he and Aoun are today playing the role of Christian cover for the iranian legion's occupation
Hafez had one people two nations, Sukeimani has Iran's border is in south Lebanon.

Thumb joesikemrex 19 June 2014, 08:53

Long Live The Syrian Civil War.

Missing action-man 19 June 2014, 09:27

"It is a slip of a tongue".
no mate it is not ,you might call it KHARAF.
Elgeneral am yekhraf...

Thumb Machia 19 June 2014, 09:32

Wolf, you are calling for patriotism and secularism and that is noble.
But a dictator will not work in Lebanon because if he was from a certain sect, the other sects will rise against him.
Fouad Chehab did a good job because he was an honourable and intelligent man and in fact acted like a president should act under the pre-Taef constitution.
Post Taef Lebanon can only be governed on an inter-confessional consensual basis.
Moreover, Lebanon as a country is still in survival mode. we have so many existential issues to deal with:
Likud Israel, war-torn-Syria, The Islamic Republic of Iran's regional ambitions, the 400,000 Palestinian refugees, the 1 million + Syrian refugees.
It is a miracle that Lebanon is still standing! The best thing is to "wait and see" what will happen regionally and stay as united as we can, given our political differences.

Thumb Machia 19 June 2014, 11:58

Indeed, today the current confessional system is sick but it is withstanding the regional chaos. Changing it amid this current instability can have dangerous consequences on everyone.
Let us see the kind of nations and political systems that will emerge around us post civil wars. That might take a few years. Meanwhile, we should hold on to our error laden system until our neighbourhood becomes peaceful and then we can start house cleaning.

Thumb FlameCatcher 19 June 2014, 12:45

@FT : when the candidate you support sinks to such low levels as intimidating his way to the presidency and his partner in crime admits that ASSAD is Lebanon's kingmaker, you shut up.

Bunch of traitors daring to talk about Saudis ? Syria and its allies robbed lebanon of its wealth, Saudi spent more money in Lebanon than any one else. So unless you can come up with a valid reason to cry like a little girl, shut up and shove it !

Thumb FlameCatcher 19 June 2014, 12:59

Illusion and lies ? Those who believe in Hezbollah's divine victory and liberation of the south ? Those who believe that Hezbollah are fighting to protect "Lebanon" dare talk about others being delusional ?

Yalla go play with guns or go fight in Syria for Bashar if you believe in these illusions ...

Thumb FlameCatcher 19 June 2014, 13:02

Unless he's condemning this, he is a traitor.

2 days ago, Aoun basically threatened Hariri with his security (go read it on Tayyar because you believe M14 sites are lying).

Now frangieh is saying Bashar alone decides who our president it.

Yes, both him and Aoun are traitors along with all their followers.

Talking about coked-out orang outan, hows' Hezbollah's business doing these days ?

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 June 2014, 13:23

And just think, this guy is a hero and demigod to some Lebanese!
Pitty the nations of fools.

Thumb FlameCatcher 19 June 2014, 13:37

@FT : would you accept Aoun as a president if his only way to power was through Assad's blessing ?

What does that tell you about Aoun ?

Thumb FlameCatcher 19 June 2014, 20:55

The difference is M14 MPs do not make threats and are too divided to accept orders from a single pole of influence ! They make consensus based decisions.

On the other hand, M8 are forced to a single position. And they make threats and blackmail their way to power !

Default-user-icon Joe geagea (Guest) 28 June 2014, 15:53

you zahliote ,did you forget what did the sunnis to you , go read histroy stupid ...
i do not understand stupids as such who drop comments without knowing what the hell they talk about