Hizbullah Mulls Stance on Aoun's Initiative, March 8 Says Constitutional Amendments 'Impossible'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah is mulling its stance from the initiative that its ally Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun proposed recently, as March 8 coalition considers that it's impossible to carry out any constitutional amendment amid the ongoing presidential vacancy.
Sources close to Hizbullah told al-Liwaa newspaper published on Wednesday that the party will discuss Aoun's proposal before taking a final stance.
The Christian leader called on Monday for a constitutional amendment that would allow the people to elect their head of state in an attempt to resolve the presidential deadlock.
The proposal lies in allowing only Christians to vote for their candidates in the first round that would pave way for both Muslims and Christians to choose the two candidates who received the majority of votes in the first round.
March 8 sources told the daily that it's “impossible according to the constitution to carry out amendments amid a presidential vacuum as the parliament is only considered an electoral body.”
The sources said that some parties affiliated in the March 8 camp have stances that differ from those that Aoun has.
“Aoun is our ally but we don't have to agree with him,” the sources said, pointing out that discussing the proposal now will not lead to any positive results.
Seven presidential elections sessions have been held so far, six of which were not staged due to a boycott of March 8 camp lawmakers, mainly those of the Loyalty to the Resistance and Change and Reform blocs.
The boycott was prompted by an ongoing dispute with the March 14 alliance over a presidential candidate.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea had declared his candidacy, while Aoun has said that he will only run in the polls if there is consensus over his nomination.
The term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May.