Geagea Expresses Concern Presidential Deadlock Impeding Cabinet, Parliament

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Lebanese Forces leader MP Samir Geagea voiced concern on Monday that the presidential vacuum is effecting the work of the cabinet and the parliament, describing it as a “crime” against the Lebanese.

“Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's stance is righteous to press for a solution but things should be named as they are,” Geagea said, noting that parties should be held responsible for the delay in electing a new head of state.

On Sunday, al-Rahi lamented the presidential impasse, stressing that he rejects the “tragic” situation that has reached its peak.

He called on officials, in particular lawmakers, to assume their constitutional duties.

The Christian leader and presidential hopeful said in remarks published in al-Mustaqbal newspaper that all parliamentary blocs are attending sessions set to elect a new president except for the Change and Reform and Loyalty to the Resistance blocs.

“Both blocs are impeding the polls for various reasons,” Geagea pointed out.

He expressed concern that presidential vacuum is negatively impacting the government and the parliament.

Lebanon has been plunged in vacuum in the presidency since the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May.

Eight presidential elections sessions have been held, seven of which were obstructed due to a lack of quorum at parliament caused by a boycott by the March 8 lawmakers of the Change and Reform and Loyalty to the Resistance blocs over differences on a presidential candidate.

The next elections session is scheduled for July 23.

Asked about the recent row among cabinet members over a dispute on the appointment of deans at the Lebanese University, Geagea said: “For this reason we refused to participate in this government... Differences between the ministers didn't surprise us.”

“Two teams with each having its own political plan can not agree,” he said.

Geagea considered the “problem to be in the structure.”

The cabinet members reached an agreement on Thursday on the full-time employment of LU's contract workers but failed to strike a deal on the appointment of deans over differences between Kataeb and the Progressive Socialist Party on their sects.

Cabinet decrees require the approval of its 24 ministers in accordance with an agreement reached last month in light of the vacuum at Baabda Palace.

Concerning the arrest of a suspect linked to the launching of rockets from South Lebanon towards Israel, Geagea wondered why those who fired thousands of rockets at Israel weren't also detained.

“No one has the right to set the country's military and defense strategies, which should concern all the Lebanese people,” the LF leader in hints to Hizbullah's intervention in Syria's raging war.

Security forces managed to arrest at a western Bekaa hospital one of the militants behind Friday's attack, after he was seriously injured while firing the rockets.

Geagea said that those who launched over the weekend rockets at Israel should be detained but everyone violating the country's security should also be apprehended.

Two rockets were fired Sunday night from southern Lebanon towards Israel, in the third such attack in four days, drawing an Israeli retaliation.

Israel had filed a complaint to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which monitors the border between Lebanon and Israel, after Friday's attack.

Israeli military officials said they believed the attack was carried out by a small Palestinian group in an act of solidarity with militants from Gaza's Hamas movement engaged in a deadly confrontation with the Israeli army which began on Tuesday.



Comments 10
Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 14 July 2014, 10:31

The sad reality is that they think: by solving the presidential issue the problems will be solved .Untrustworthiness and hate among the citizens are rooted in the society . By sound education and equal rights, future generations ( some 50 years from now) ,may live a normal life.

Default-user-icon Lustinio Shimbam (Guest) 14 July 2014, 10:58

wlak niyelak 3a yalli byetsamma3oulak 3a bayekhetak wa byetnantato metl al s3edin

Thumb cash.puppet 14 July 2014, 14:57

haha listerine? Come on israeli, you can do better than that

Thumb cash.puppet 15 July 2014, 01:15

Lol@i x vote x for x myself

Missing karim- 14 July 2014, 13:27

الراعي: إلى متى يُهملون واجبَهم الدستوري الخطير والمُشرّف بانتخاب رئيسٍ للجمهوريّة؟ ولماذ لا يحضر جميع النواب إلى المجلس ويختارون مَن يشاؤون رئيسًا للبلاد من بين المرشّحين علنًا ومن بين غير المرشّحين؟

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

Thumb cash.puppet 14 July 2014, 14:59

hey why dont you mention the ta7alof LF used in the 05 elections with HA? Hypocrite much? roo7 ndab

Thumb cash.puppet 14 July 2014, 14:44

"that support such antiquated politicians who lie to our faces and yet their sheep persist on clapping and cheering for the old goat."

Yea, seriously bro. Whats up with all those Geagea lovers? Do they not know he is a dinosaur warlord feudal sectarian scumbag? When will they ever learn huh?

Missing forces 14 July 2014, 15:29

Thanks foul disclosure for proving my point.

Thumb cash.puppet 14 July 2014, 14:46

Yes spot on Hakim!!! Way to be a hypocrite and "boycott" whenever you like then point the finger when others do THE EXACT SAME THING YOU WERE DOING A FEW MONTHS AGO. Exemplary false hakim I must say. Not bought at all, purely independent thinker, never took a dime from a foreigner, never discriminated among Christians or between Christians and non-Christians. What a hero!!

Missing forces 14 July 2014, 15:33

I take it you are happy for your tax dollars going to state employees who do not perform their obligations then? As long as it serves the Persian masters cause then it must be ok. Thanks for clearing that up.