Aoun 'Optimistic' LF May Vote for Him, Says Talks to Tackle 'Christian Rights' before Presidency

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Sunday expressed optimism that the Lebanese Forces might vote for him in the presidential race, noting that the two parties will tackle the issue of “the rights of Christians” in their upcoming dialogue before moving to the presidential void.

“I'm optimistic that the LF might vote for me in the presidential race,” Aoun said in an interview on al-Jadeed television.

“The dispute with the LF occurred in 1989-1990 and we must not remain stuck in that era and we are seeking a solution accordingly,” the FPM leader noted.

He stressed that the decision to engage in dialogue with the long-time rival “is not an adventure.”

“Its success depends on the intentions of the parties engaged in dialogue,” added Aoun.

“The dialogue initiative was launched by Geagea and we welcomed it,” he revealed.

Noting that the two parties are “seeking to overcome a difficult situation,” Aoun underlined that all Lebanese parties “have a duty to try” engaging in dialogue to find solutions to the country's complicated crises.

Elaborating on the topics of his dialogue with Geagea, Aoun added: “We must defend the rights of Christians and we're concerned with the other issues just like all the Lebanese.”

As for the venue of the anticipated dialogue, Aoun said that it “has not been decided yet.”

“There are several dialogue topics, such as the rights of Christians in the political arena, the electoral law, the presidential vote and the characteristics of the president. There will also be other topics that are of concern to us and to citizens,” he added.

“We'll talk about the republic and the rights of Christians before we tackle the issue of the presidency,” Aoun revealed.

He underscored that the next president must be able to “represent all the Lebanese people.”

The president “should be able to address the political system's other problems. The president must endorse reform and change in his governance approach,” added Aoun.

“We can take care of our house on our own and our strength lies in our unity, not in our foreign relations,” the FPM leader stated.

Commenting on the issue of Saudi Arabia's stance on the presidential race, Aoun said he “heard from Lebanese officials” that Riyadh “does not want” him to become president.

“They have their reasons,” Aoun added, noting that he is not aware of them.

“I only want friendship with the Arab countries and we don't side with anyone against anyone. My relation with the Saudi ambassador was and is still good and I cannot interpret these contradictions towards me,” he went on to say.

MP Ibrahim Kanaan of the FPM is holding talks with LF media officer Melhem Riachi to prepare for the agenda of the Aoun-Geagea dialogue.

“The meeting between Aoun and Geagea will be held soon,” Kanaan announced on Friday, citing progress in the preparations.

He described the general atmosphere as “positive.”

Both Aoun and Geagea have announced their candidacies for the presidency. Their differences, in addition to the rivalry between the March 8 and 14 alliances, have left the presidential post vacant.

President Michel Suleiman's term ended in May.

Y.R.

Timeline
  • 04 January 2015, 22:54

    Aoun: The STL will take its normal course amid the Hizbullah-Mustaqbal dialogue.

  • 04 January 2015, 22:48

    Aoun on Hizbullah-Mustaqbal: It might not lead to practical results but it is good at the psychological level.

  • 04 January 2015, 22:28

    Aoun: Why are they dodging popular referendums and a president elected by the people?

  • 04 January 2015, 22:26

    Aoun: My relation with the Saudi ambassador was and is still good and I cannot interpret these contradictions towards me.

  • 04 January 2015, 22:23

    Aoun: I heard from Lebanese officials that Saudi Arabia does not want me to become president and they have their reasons ... I only want friendship with the Arab countries and we don't side with anyone against anyone.

  • 04 January 2015, 22:19

    Aoun: I'm not awaiting anyone and I don't have foreign connections. We can take care of our house on our own and our strength lies in our unity, not in our foreign relations.

  • 04 January 2015, 22:03

    Aoun addressing Geagea: I have an experience in dialogue and I don't engage in it because I'm afraid of someone. I'm not afraid and we'll face each other honestly and open our hearts to each other.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:58

    Aoun: I'm optimistic that the LF might vote for me in the presidential race.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:53

    Aoun: We want a president who can represent all the Lebanese people and who would be able to address the political system's other problems. The president must endorse reform and change in his governance approach.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:49

    Aoun on presidency: We'll talk about the republic and the rights of Christians before we tackle the issue of the presidency.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:49

    Aoun: There are several dialogue topics, such as the rights of Christians in the political arena, the electoral law, the presidential vote and the characteristics of the president. There will also be other topics that are of concern to us and to citizens.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:44

    Aoun: The venue of the dialogue with the LF has not been decided yet.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:42

    Aoun: We must defend the rights of Christians and we're concerned with the other issues just like all the Lebanese.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:42

    Aoun: We're seeking to overcome a difficult situation and all parties have a duty to try. This is not an adventure and its success depends on the intentions of the parties engaged in dialogue. The dialogue initiative was launched by Geagea and we welcomed it.

  • 04 January 2015, 21:38

    Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in an interview on al-Jadeed: The dispute with the LF occurred in 1989-1990 and we must not remain stuck in that era and we are seeking a solution accordingly.

Comments 23
Thumb nickjames 04 January 2015, 22:01

Aoun: We're seeking to overcome a difficult situation and all parties have a duty to try. This is not an adventure and its success depends on the intentions of the parties engaged in dialogue. The dialogue initiative was launched by Geagea and we welcomed it.

-- A duty to try?? Lmao. And we know the dialogue initiative was launched by Geagea because you won't discuss any candidates other than yourself...

Thumb nickjames 04 January 2015, 22:01

ago

Aoun on presidency: We'll talk about the republic and the rights of Christians before we tackle the issue of the presidency.

-- The republic and the rights of Christians are usurped because we have no president ya Jeddo...

Thumb nickjames 04 January 2015, 22:06

ago

Aoun: I'm optimistic that the LF might vote for me in the presidential race.

-- Such an idiot...

Thumb janoubi 04 January 2015, 22:08

hahaha!

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 04 January 2015, 22:45

Funniest thing I've heard in years

Default-user-icon roukuz (Guest) 04 January 2015, 22:13

I hope you are enjoying your final destination... RIP dear Flamethrower

Missing humble 04 January 2015, 23:03

How can you say that for a mentally ill psycopath who has been under heavy drugs for more than 25 years???

Missing un520 05 January 2015, 00:07

Humble: We have heard accusations like this over and over here on Naharnet forums, but I dont think that you are closer to his medical files than I am to yours. Let me put this straight: I am sceptical of his alliance with Hizbollah although I can see the idea behind a understanding that has a future goal of integrate Hizbollahs arms into the Lebanese army. I am sceptical of his endorsement of Bashar Assad although Syria was a safer place before the civil war than it is now. So I dont speak out for Aoun because I dont think that anyone can do the job better. I speak out because this stalemate is suffucating Lebanon, and a year or two with Aoun (you mention his age yourself..) is better than a year or two without no president at all. In fact he might surprise people in a positive way.

Missing humble 04 January 2015, 23:06

This man has always been a loser. He will never become anything else but a loser.

Thumb nickjames 05 January 2015, 00:43

Funny when all the M8 thumb robots are on...

Thumb liberty 05 January 2015, 07:28

there is NO M8.... there is flamethrower and his 50 accounts.

Default-user-icon mahdi firuz berhouz (Guest) 05 January 2015, 09:53

hahahaha! They call you the undisputed king of naharnet for a reason. My boss always says: "You want to debate with facts, you want to formulate strategy, you want to win people over.. then watch and learn from flamesrower". Somesing Anazar Flamesrower!

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 05 January 2015, 00:49

His obsession with the presidency borders on lunacy. HA know very well that they cannot allow this lunatic to take control of the army. Last time that happened he destroyed his own sect and his own enclave, then he took on the Syrians, and we all know the catastrophic consequences that followed. He has proven over and over again his manic tendency to self distruct, I don't give a donkey's ass as to him doing that, the only problem is that with him at the helm, he would take us and the republic down with him.

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 05 January 2015, 01:03

This man is cursed, he sided with Saddam and Saddam was obliterated, he sided with Basshar and his Syria is in tatters with HA following suit. Please LF, do not come near this lunatic.

Thumb lebanonforever 05 January 2015, 02:11

This failed ex general is, remains & always has been a desperate cheap money hungry power seeking sickness. The only way anti Christian, anti Lebanese could crack open our existence & leave us vulnerable is through this fake.
To any sense minded fellow Lebanese who still believe in this pig of a man.. Wake up and abandon this fake, Please

Thumb beiruti 05 January 2015, 03:12

This story would be credible if Geagea said that he was optimistic that the LF would support Aoun for President. But Aoun making this statement?? This is his dementia taking. Khirafan Aoun!! His keepers should not play with his anti hallucinogens medication this way. Haram.

Thumb thepatriot 05 January 2015, 08:22

Here are polls conducted by "Sofres" in April and May 2014... Enjoy hass1978!

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/a-state-of-minds/555304-the-preferred-presidential-candidate

Thumb _mowaten_ 05 January 2015, 11:28

lol and you and NOW's fairytales, are you seriously considering that a poll organized by mustqbal can be impartial? (yes, even if they gave sofres-liban some "reasons" to agree to be associated to it)

Thumb thepatriot 05 January 2015, 12:30

yeah yeah momo...chillax... "now" published it because the results were favorable, I agree...other sides also order polls... and we know why they don't publish them :)

PS: Sofres is independant (a word that does not exist in your vocabulary ...momo!) ;)

Thumb _mowaten_ 05 January 2015, 13:08

1- NOW didnt just publish it, they conducted the poll. learn to read your own links.
2- it's not "sofres", but "sofres-liban". what do you know about them? you just decreed they are independent based on what? it's obviously a franchise or a partnership between sofres and some lebanese actors. do you know who they are? or you just blindly vouch for them because they said something that goes your way? dont bother answering, i know you'll struggle trying to wiggle your way out of this but we all know the answer.

Thumb thepatriot 05 January 2015, 15:26

hahaha mom... tsk tsk tsk...
1- "NOW's sister company, Quantum Communications, has partnered with the Sofres Liban polling agency to conduct multiple field questionnaires(...)" ... maybe you expected Sofres to come up with the questions by themselves?? They don't do that. You have to place an order. (Hellooo!)
2- Maybe you expected Sofres France to conduct the poll??? lol Of course it is a franchise!
3- It is such an important one that they would not risk credibility by playing with the numbers.
4-Find a poll that goes your way... till then... shhhhh.... :)

Thumb lebanonforever 05 January 2015, 14:00

Naharnet - why do you delete posts? are you scared? corrupted? or simply a aounie?

Default-user-icon skele (Guest) 05 January 2015, 18:21

Did you see the interview? Compare it to ones from three, four, ten and fifteen years ago. Have you noticed how Aoun can barely form his word and was slurring his speech, is he suffering from dysarthria?