Geagea Accuses Aoun of 'Deceiving Public' on Presidential Deadlock

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Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea has accused his rival Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun of deceiving the public and creating a media stir to win the backing of the rival Lebanese parties for the country's top Christian post.

“Aoun hasn't proposed a serious initiative. He made a media stir to pressure the Lebanese parties into electing him a president,” Geagea told al-Joumhouria daily in an interview published on Friday.

He reiterated that parliament can't make constitutional amendments amid a vacuum in the presidency.

“There is a need for amendments to carry out the presidential polls properly but these changes can be proposed only after the elections,” Geagea said.

Aoun suggested on Monday direct presidential elections and called for the adoption of an electoral draft-law that would allow each sect to elect its own representatives.

But Geagea said Aoun made his proposal at an “inappropriate time.”

He also accused the Change and Reform bloc leader of paralyzing all other initiatives made to resolve the deadlock that emerged after parliament failed to elect a new head of state.

President Michel Suleiman left Baabda Palace on May 25, leaving the country's top Christian post vacant.

“Aoun is trying to deceive the public but the people know that his proposal is nothing but a media show,” the LF chief told al-Joumhouria.

The majority of the March 8 alliance's lawmakers, including members of Aoun's bloc, have been boycotting parliamentary sessions aimed at electing a president under the excuse of lack of agreement on a compromise candidate.

The FPM leader has said he would only announce his candidacy if there was consensus on him. But the March 14 alliance has kept its support for Geagea's candidacy.

The LF chief expected the security situation in Lebanon to be “generally stable” despite the latest suicide bombings that targeted the country.

He lamented that the security forces were being burdened by Hizbullah's presence in Syria.

“The problem should be solved from its roots by stopping Hizbullah's fighting in Syria,” Geagea said.

The Shiite party has sent its members to the neighboring country to help President Bashar Assad's troops that are fighting the rebels.

But Sunni extremists, who have claimed to have carried out bombings in Lebanon, have promised more attacks as long as Hizbullah remains in Syria.

G.K.

H.K.

Comments 23
Thumb ice-man 04 July 2014, 08:21

Hakim W' Bassssssssss Habib Al Malayeen!!! Bil Rou7 Bil Damm Nafdika Ya Hakim

Thumb ex-fpm 04 July 2014, 09:22

Dr. Geagea is a true leader with true lebanese convictions unlike Aoun who sold his soul to the iranian-Assad-HA evil axis.

Missing coolmec 04 July 2014, 10:38

ex fpm
Aoun has neither a soul nor a conscience. He should roy in jail for all the harm he is subjecting Lebanon to
Shame on him

Missing coolmec 04 July 2014, 10:39

roy is rot

Thumb sophia_angle 04 July 2014, 10:32

maybe he is cleverer than a doc but plz shilo hal fake title 3ano its an insult for doctors ;)

Default-user-icon Title or not (Guest) 04 July 2014, 11:44

As usual Geagea is so right that the haters can only complain about the title. Geagea might not have completed his studies because the palestinians decided to invade his country.
But anyway, please get over the title and answer the content. Take it as a nickname, not an official title.

Default-user-icon Flamy (Guest) 04 July 2014, 14:14

Aoun wants the 2 candidates elected by the people to compete for parliament voices. Great. Let him go to parliament with his MPs and compete against Geagea!
All this is because he knows he cant beat Geagea.

Missing greatpierro 04 July 2014, 18:07

Ft can u accept that Aoun proposes a major constitutional change just like that. There are many partners in this country and one cannot say either accept a constitutional change or otherwise no elections. Aoun cannot just take the lebanese in general and the Christians in particular hostage to his ambitions. He did this at the end of the eighties and did not hesitate to go to war with the FL creating death, destruction and immigration in the Christians areas. Aoun has to accept the rules in place and seek for their improvement. But he cannot just keep leading the lebanese into uncertainties and hardship.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 04 July 2014, 11:26

never judge a fool ... aoun is the biggest
in other countries aoun would be in deir el salib or its equivalent.

Missing karim.. 04 July 2014, 11:40

Fal ya7kom al ikhwan!

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 04 July 2014, 12:01

deception ? when you were the first to accept the orthodox law and almost all factions accepted it even the batrak then you retracted ya geagea by not going to the parliament ,....
this is deception ya geagea
god bless democracy (power to the people)

Default-user-icon Yuzaido Fanjakour (Guest) 04 July 2014, 12:20

Keep them stupidities coming ya Arreet 7akeh. After all, nobody can keep Drs. Arteena Satleh entertained more than the Doc of Bull.

Thumb eagledawn 04 July 2014, 13:30

grow up flamethrower!

Thumb lebpatriot2333 04 July 2014, 12:59

Looks, smells, and talks like a serial killer and child murderer is Geagea

Thumb eagledawn 04 July 2014, 13:30

how about you?

Thumb lebpatriot2333 04 July 2014, 14:19

Darling you're not even close

Missing forces 04 July 2014, 15:05

He also accused the Change and Reform bloc leader of paralyzing all other initiatives made to resolve the deadlock that emerged after parliament failed to elect a new head of state.

Aoun you have been called out as the traitor you are.
You have boycotted all elections, paralyised all attempts to resolve the vacuum that you have caused insisting on aoun or nobody. Then you come up with an initiative that does not solve the current crisis ( that you caused) your alliance don't agree with you. You are irrelevant.

Default-user-icon Glombuy Burzang (Guest) 04 July 2014, 15:34

Every time Dr. Arreet 7akeh opens his trap and flaps his lips he insults himself. This time he is condescending towards the Lebanese public as he takes them for fools and idiots. wlak akh mennak ya arreet 7akeh shennak arreet 7akeh wa mlamlam shwatet Drs. Arteena Satleh, perpetual graduates from the Schools of Art 7akeh and Art Satleh.

Thumb sophia_angle 04 July 2014, 15:49

barking is still manly he is more likely miaw miaw doctor miawmiaw looll!

Missing karim- 04 July 2014, 16:07

Geagrea wastes his breath as Aoun once again confirms then Bishop Bechara Al Ra3i's claim that "Aoun is a Hezballah tool"..

18/04/1989 بري: لن نقبل برئيس ماروني بعد الآن
30/06/1989 حزب الله يعلن الولاء المطلق لآية الله السيد علي خامنئي
01/09/1989 حزب الله يعلن حرب مفتوحة مع الموارنة معتبرا حملة عون على سوريا هي حملة لابادة المسلمين
21/09/1989 حزب الله : نرفض رئيسا مارونيا ونرفض الذل تحت اسم التعايش مع النصارى
13/10/1989 حزب الله : سنمزق اتفاق الطائف
20/10/1989 بري: غير معنيين بالطائف والقبول به خيانة
12/11/1989 حزب الله: الطائف استسلام للمارونية السياسية واسرائيل

Missing karim- 04 July 2014, 16:40

Liars liars diapers on fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1UrmGj7Ddo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TczucmLgXd8

Missing cedars 04 July 2014, 16:44

We have a parliament that Aoun can go there and be elected if he received the majority of votes, otherwise shut up and move on with your deception about Christians and who has majority and minority. Very simple trip.
And if Geagae is murderer and elected, then his murdering numbers are minuscule compared to the long neck Assad and Netanyahu so why is it a problem to have a strong Lebanese leader regardless. Wake up and smell the coffee all our internal institution are being infested by incapable nawar running the country into worse than a farm.

Missing gcb1 04 July 2014, 17:31

25 years we are still arguing over the same Christian candidates - the epitome of no progress.