Aoun Expected to Launch Initiative on Presidential Elections

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Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun is expected to launch an initiative next week on the presidential elections, reported al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday.

Change and Reform bloc MP Naji Garious revealed to the daily that Aoun will announce the initiative during a press conference on Monday.

He did not disclose the details of the announcement.

“The main purpose of any of Aoun's actions lies in building the state” and including all factions in this process, he added.

The FPM chief has so far not announced his candidacy for the elections, adding however that he would run if he is chosen as a consensual nominee by the rival political powers.

Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and Hizbullah's Loyalty to the Resistance bloc, of the March 8 camp, have boycotted six of the last presidential election sessions, resulting in a lack of quorum at parliament and leading to the failure of the elections.

The boycott has been prompted by a dispute over a presidential candidate.

The eighth elections session is scheduled for July 2.

Lebanon has been without a president since Michel Suleiman's term ended in May.

Comments 14
Missing people-power 28 June 2014, 09:29

Here's an earth-shattering, mind-boggling initiative:

1. Name a candidate
2. Appear at Parliament
3. Vote

Very complicated, maybe too complicated for Aounis to understand

Missing phillipo 28 June 2014, 16:47

Excellent idea.
Call a parliamentary session (no delays Mr. Beeri please)
However many MP's turn up vote for whoever they want.
Person getting most votes becomes next President of the Republic of Lebanon.
What could be simpler than that.

Missing karim.. 28 June 2014, 10:05

God bless General Aoun for protecting Lebanon from the evil schemes of Saudi Arabia.

Missing coolmec 28 June 2014, 11:50

If God is to bless Aoun he would have given him brains that function
don't you think?
God Bless and help Lebanon

Missing aounophobia 28 June 2014, 10:26

claoun's new initiative:

he has conceded on " moi president et 6 ministres" and will now accept :"moi president et gebran 3 ministres et roukoz kaed jech"

thrown in alain as well why not

Missing coolmec 28 June 2014, 11:53

what would it take for lunatic Aoun to realize he will NEVER be President?
What would it for him to realize that the should stop obstructing our parliamentary system for his sole benefit?
Please someone explain him it won't work

Missing phillipo 28 June 2014, 16:48

The plan is OK but who says Aoun wants to be President, or that a mojority of MP's would vote for him.

Missing coolmec 28 June 2014, 13:08

Peace lover
sounds like a plan but how do you know Aoun will keep his word or how do you know he will deliver??

Thumb cedre 28 June 2014, 13:39

hope he won't propose a change to constitution...

Thumb beiruti 28 June 2014, 15:22

There is the Kerry Hariri Initiative and patriarch's initiative, do you think there is any coordination between Aoun and the Patriarch or with Hariri?? No, probably he is doing this to counter the efforts of the Patriarch and Kerry so as to keep the vacancy open longer until Hezbollah is ready to fill it.

Thumb cedre 28 June 2014, 17:21

If situation stay blocked until parliamentary elections, patriarch should be candidate.

Missing cedars 29 June 2014, 04:50

Just remember this link:

Missing cedars 29 June 2014, 04:58

You can Forgive but never forget the deeds of the sick ruling regime.

Default-user-icon Anonymous (Guest) 29 June 2014, 05:25

How about this? Remove the sectarian constitution and install a secular constitution where the president could be of any religion/sect/belief + let the people vote and not the corrupt MPs that are so money-hungry they're still begging for a raise.