Report: Several Options under Discussion to Resolve Baabda Deadlock

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Officials involved in the negotiations on the presidential deadlock have discussed several options, including a deal on a compromise Maronite candidate, to resolve the crisis, al-Liwaa newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The daily said that the officials could demand Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to pressure the current candidates to withdraw their nominations.

Their withdrawal would allow Speaker Nabih Berri, Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat and al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri to strike a deal with Bkirki and the rest of the Christian parties on a consensual candidate.

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, who was the first to announce his candidacy, has received the backing of the March 14 alliance.

But his rival Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has said he would become a candidate only if there is agreement on him.

The MPs of his Change and Reform bloc and most of the March 8 alliance's lawmakers have boycotted several parliamentary sessions aimed at electing a president under the excuse of lack of consensus on a candidate.

The lack of quorum caused by the boycott left the country's top Christian post vacant after President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ended on May 25.

Under the National Pact of 1943, the president should be a Maronite.

Another option under discussion by the officials is an agreement between Berri and Jumblat backed by Hizbullah, Aoun's ally, that any attempt to paralyze the government would lead to its resignation, al-Liwaa said.

Such a measure would pressure the Change and Reform bloc, which has representatives in the cabinet, into heading to parliament to elect a president, it added.

A third option could include a deal between Berri and Jumblat to reject any constitutional change amid a vacuum at Baabda Palace and to insist on legislation, according to al-Liwaa.

Aoun has proposed a constitutional amendment to carry out direct presidential elections, a move that was widely criticized by the March 14 camp and Jumblat's centrist party.

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Comments 11
Thumb sophia_angle 08 July 2014, 08:52

No No No !!! not anymore you plan us the president !! we the people want to elect him, Egypt is not more democratic than us, Syria is not more democratic than us enough bullshit! since the independence day until now the president is been appointed by others it is the end of the story...General Michel Aoun now is here to assure our freedom freedom freedom !! Vive le General the God Father of the free & strong Lebanon.

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Missing forces 08 July 2014, 10:39

Sophia sweetheart, democracy is a revolving door. You have your rights but you also have your responsibilities. Lebanon truly had the opportunity to elect a " made in lebanon" president at the first parliamentary elections , you know the one which aoun ran out from at the end of the first round. But it is aoun and nobody else that has played these games, it is aoun and nobody else that forced the foreign powers to interfere with our elections, it is aoun and nobody else that has rejected compromise in electing a neutral president, it is aoun and nobody else who still insists on him or nobody in his twisted world of aoun democracy. So you see everything thereafter is a bi product of aoun and nobody else. So don't come crying us a river when the Christian hand is forced because we know who you professed as Amur of LUBNAN, you are now reaping what you have sown.

Thumb sophia_angle 08 July 2014, 11:37

the suni elect hariri
the shia elect berri

the christian:
as per General idea first round will be elected by pure christian population (this is cool for u as ur fake doc ladygaga represents the 100% of christians :)
2nd round by the all the rest as the president is for all people...isn't this clever Einstein???

Default-user-icon stats (Guest) 08 July 2014, 12:01

Harri's the most popular Sunni, yet Salam is PM, although Mikati before him was chosen by Nasrallah.
Nasrallah and Hezbollah are the most popular Shiites, yet Amal's Berri is speaker because he was chosen by Nasrallah..
Yeah I see your point, Aoun should be president, that is if Nasrallah stops beating around the bush and comes out and clearly nominate him, why is he having so much trouble pronouncing I nominate Michel Aoun for president.

Default-user-icon Kazan (Guest) 08 July 2014, 09:20

Why should he/she be a maronite? any highly suitable and qualified Lebanese should be able to run for president.Whether he/she is a Druz,Muslem ,Christian or Jew should not matter; as long as Religion is involved in politics Lebanese people will be misled and abused; moreover They will remain divided and will never be a united nation.
People wake up.....

Default-user-icon bint jbeil (Guest) 08 July 2014, 10:47

The national pact is a scam it usurped the rights of Muslims Shiites who due to their majority should rule, the Christians make up 30% max yet they're given a half share, the presidency and army command that's doubly unfair and illegal. The president should be Shiite and the Resistance has the right to keep the arms untill they make that happen.

Missing karim- 08 July 2014, 11:04

Nothing will resolve the deadlock THEY will make sure”

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- 08 July 2014, 17:28

Tayyar Archives under

لا يمكن لشعب أن يستمر بنسيان الماضي وإنكاره

Missing endowed 08 July 2014, 13:18

General Aoun is not credible as he is closely associated with the Hezb which makes him unacceptable to a large portion of the Lebanese population. The President should be elected by universal vote as in most democracies including other Arab could tries such as Egypt, Algeria, Syria.

Missing coolmec 08 July 2014, 14:38

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Aoun is not credible not because of his association with HA. He is simply a lunatic and has no brains nor political skills to become president. the only skills he demonstrated were aimed at destroying the country for his own political benefits

Default-user-icon Muzgan Shlimatov (Guest) 09 July 2014, 03:10

Option 1: Sell Baabda Palace.
Option 2: Turn Baabda Palace into a whorehouse (and we will end uo with two, the second being the Parliament).
Option 3: Destroy Baabda Palace.