Report: Circles Close to Hariri Suggest Electing Aoun as President for Two-Year Term

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Electing Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun as president for a two-year term is being proposed as a means to end the presidential deadlock, reported al-Akhbar newspaper on Wednesday.

It said that Lebanese circles in the French capital Paris that are close to head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement.

Aoun as president would also be granted the right to appoint the head of the army, added the circles to al-Akhbar.

The proposal calls for a constitutional amendment and also entails reaching an agreement over a parliamentary electoral law that would not harm the representation of the Mustaqbal Movement and FPM at parliament.

The circles noted however that talks over the proposal are still in general terms.

Al-Akhbar said that efforts will be made to appoint an individual, who is influential with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in order to persuade him to accept the initiative.

It predicted that Geagea may be swayed to accept it because Aoun's term will only last two years.

In addition, those pushing for the initiative are banking on the support of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi because of his insistence to hold the presidential elections as soon as possible and because he does not oppose Aoun's nomination, stated the daily.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May.

Several elections sessions have been held, but they were obstructed due to a lack of quorum caused by a boycott of the Loyalty to the Resistance and Change and Reform blocs of the March 8 alliance.

The boycott was prompted by the ongoing dispute with the March 14 camp over a presidential candidate.

Geagea has announced his nomination, while Aoun had repeatedly said that he will run in the elections if there is consensus over his candidacy.



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Thumb ex-fpm 16 July 2014, 08:26

fantasies and dreams mixed with illusions..

Missing forces 16 July 2014, 08:41

I wouldn't support Geagea for a two yr presidency let alone aoun. If correct these fantasies would not be in the best interest of the country period!
What can any president hope to achieve economically, socially and politically in two years? Short sightedness at its best and above all to amend the constitution to accommodate this is laughable. If these reports are correct it certainly spits in the face of aoun's popular vote rhetoric.

Thumb geha 16 July 2014, 09:07

nowhere even close to any possible reality :)

Aoun is trying to misinform to spread doubt :)

Default-user-icon j.azziz (Guest) 16 July 2014, 09:11

So cute alakhbar pretending to have sources close to hariri

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 16 July 2014, 09:50

lebanese would prefer cancer to this schmuck!

Thumb kris 16 July 2014, 11:41

I agree dddd, very well said!

Thumb kris 16 July 2014, 11:47

I am Lebanese and nothing would be more catastrophic than having majnoun aoun as president.... At least cancer is becoming curable in many case but there is no remedy for that level of insanity.....

Thumb kris 16 July 2014, 13:24

Useless to argue with brainwashed people like u... and FYI, unlike u I don't get paid to post comments...

Missing ysurais 16 July 2014, 09:58

but we thought hariri is biking in rio del camel (riyadh) not in paris.

Default-user-icon Mission Not Impossible (Guest) 16 July 2014, 11:23

In this country, anything is possible...

Default-user-icon OldHand (Guest) 16 July 2014, 12:30

Yaaayyy!! Brilliant.

Let's change the constitution every two weeks (and then not follow it). Because, you know, that is what stable successful countries do, plus it has worked so well for us before.

Default-user-icon GMA (Guest) 16 July 2014, 13:10

Aoun w bass will be2e khas

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 July 2014, 13:49

Aoun president ??? To do what ?

What's his program ? What does he want to achieve ? No one can claim presidency without announcing his agenda to the people. Otherwise, the people will not recognize him as president.

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 July 2014, 14:47

Tchadors like in Dahyé / Iran ? You're pathetic, Hezbollah has the same extermist Islamic drive as the next terrorist organisation !

I don't care about Geagea's program other than the fact he had to courtesy to provide one. I also don't care about Geagea's past because Aoun's past is nothing to be proud of either. In fact, his "present" is at least as shameful as Geagea's past. Geagea's present is infinitely more honorable !

Suleiman's program is just like your president Hrawi and Emile Lahouds' programs. Non existent.

Unlike you, I look to the future of our country and turned the page of our past.

If Aoun is incapable of telling us WHY he wants to be president and what he plans to achieve, then he simply doesn't deserve the position.

Presidents should be held accountable for their promises and actions. Aoun wants to become president and escape accountability like he always runs from his responsibilities ! He even runs from his own words !

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 July 2014, 15:03

Yes, FT.

Just like you're incapable of telling me why you want Aoun to be president. You're only (valid) reason is you don't want an M14 president.

I understand you don't want Geagea to be president. Me neither.

But I don't want Aoun to be my alternative either!

If I have to choose, I would go for the lesser evil. I would go for a man who sticks to his words. A man who has integrity. A man who doesn't make a deal with the very people he fought for so many years and doesn't throw away his pride for a glimpse of a chance to become president.

Aoun has proved he is not the "strong" candidate he himself wants because he's incapable of convincing his partners of anything.

His partners which by the way are stepping all over him and creating Sunni terrorist organisations in Lebanon to scare people off. Hezbollah is based on a world of lies and illusions which you believe in!

Thumb FlameCatcher 17 July 2014, 12:38

FT: If you don't want Aoun to be president, then stop defending him like failed robotic bug. How about you suggest a president instead ?

And if Aoun isn't a candidate, then let him go down to parliament and vote for someone else ! Or shut up !

Missing greatpierro 16 July 2014, 14:52

hariri is know to make such catastrophic compromises.

Thumb lebanon_first 16 July 2014, 14:54

2 yrs? what is this play with constitution?

Missing greatpierro 16 July 2014, 14:59

un petit lot de consolation تيحل عنا. However, this guy could in only two years do more harm than we could image. God saves us.

Missing greatpierro 16 July 2014, 14:56

if Aoun chooses General Roukouz that would be a great thing.

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 16 July 2014, 15:49

Lebanon is now a banana republic.

Thumb eli-g 16 July 2014, 16:19

It is so regretable how the political class can change the constituion so easily and mold it whichever way to fit thier need.How could the public agree to this. Every few days they change this mend that and no one cares. The sleeping majority the centrist must awake and take thier country back from these dinos.

Thumb ex-fpm 16 July 2014, 16:43

do you have any evidence they "advise their mods to comment & distort.."?

Default-user-icon samy (Guest) 16 July 2014, 17:06

They remove your posts because cause only sane people are allowed to post here.

Thumb shab 16 July 2014, 18:00

2 years for Aoun. After that 2 years for Gaegae. Then 2 years for Helou. Khalsouna ba2a

Thumb eli-g 16 July 2014, 18:57

you are 100% right anonymetexasusa people get what they deserve.

Thumb beiruti 16 July 2014, 18:59

No doubt these circles Nahar is talking about start at one of Aoun's ears, go around inside of his empty head to the other ear and then back. Another nonsensical the purpose of which is to get this guy into Baabda, not to find someone to serve the people of Lebanon as her President.

Thumb Marc 16 July 2014, 20:34

If this guy goes to Baabda, he will never ever leave unless forced out and running away in Jammies

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 17 July 2014, 12:41

am glad the Lebanese people know the coward-aoun