Aoun Withdraws Confidence from Defense Minister for 'Exceeding his Privileges'

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun announced on Tuesday that he is withdrawing confidence from Defense Minister Samir Moqbel after the extension of the term of Higher Defense Council chief Mohammed Khair.

He said: “We withdraw confidence from the defense minister because he has exceeded his privileges and overlooked violations at the military institution.”

He made his remarks after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting at Rabieh.

Moqbel signed a decree to extend the term of Khair, who will reach the retirement age at the end of February, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Monday.

For his part, Khair denied knowledge of such information, saying: “I can serve my country wherever I am.”

Aoun continued: “No legislative or executive authority or any power in the world has the right to harm the army hierarchy in order to extend the term of a security officer.”

He said that once an officer reaches the retirement age, his replacement should be made from the reserves.

Such a measure should be taken by the defense minister and his decree would then be approved by cabinet, explained the FPM chief.

Moreover, he condemned the various extensions of terms that have taken place in Lebanon, notably at the army “whose commander's tenure was illegally extended.”

“We fear that extensions would reach all aspects of the state and government. We have recently heard of discussions to extend the term of the Constitutional Council,” he added before reporters.

Commenting on the functioning of the cabinet, Aoun said: “It would not work properly if ministers are not granted veto power.”

The military posts in Lebanon are suffering as the result of the months-long presidential vacuum in light of the parliament's failure to elect a successor for Michel Suleiman whose tenure ended in May. The vacuum also threatens the Internal Security Forces as chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous is set to retire in June.

The tenure of Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji was extended in 2013. It is set to end in September later this year.

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Timeline
  • 17 February 2015, 17:22

    Aoun: The privileges of cabinet should be limited and the lack of a veto at government does not facilitate its work.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:22

    Aoun: There are certain parasites at cabinet and we are studying ways to get rid of them.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:20

    Aoun: We urge the cabinet to withdraw confidence from the defense minister.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:20

    Aoun: Ministers are now starting to rob municipalities and the state's institutions are being eroded.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:20

    Aoun: We are even witnessing discussions to extend the term of the Constitutional Council.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:19

    Aoun: We fear that the phenomenon of the extension of terms would be implemented at the cabinet and other state institutions.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:18

    Aoun: The defense minister has overlooked violations committed at the military.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:17

    Aoun: We withdraw our confidence from the defense minister because he has violated the privileges granted to him by the cabinet.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:11

    Aoun: The term of an officer was extended under the excuse of postponing his release from service.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:10

    Aoun: Members of the military are demoralized because of the violation of the laws.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:10

    Aoun: How could they have extended the term of this officer knowing that term of his service had ended?

  • 17 February 2015, 17:09

    Aoun: The legislative or executive authorities and no one in the world can violate the army hierarchy in order to extend the term of a certain officer.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:07

    Aoun: We condemn ourselves because we have a government that is being used to fill vacuums.

  • 17 February 2015, 17:06

    FPM chief MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform Bloc's weekly meeting: We condemn the beheadings of Egyptians at the hands of the IS in Libya.

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Comments 45
Default-user-icon deMagog (Guest) 17 February 2015, 17:16

The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. H. L. Mencken

Thumb Mystic 17 February 2015, 17:17

God Bless General Aoun, the true President of Lebanon.

A real loyal man to Lebanon & the Resistance.

Missing coolmec 17 February 2015, 18:00

Hi Mystic
Allow me to disagree with you about Aoun as President. If elected (heaven forbid) he will put the last nail on Lebanon's coffin.
He is mentally unbalanced and unfit to be in politics let alone President

Thumb Mystic 17 February 2015, 18:21

Who do you prefer? Geagea or Gemayael?

We need a loyal pro resistance President, not an Israeli stooge selling the country to the West/Israel.

Thumb Tony.Farris 17 February 2015, 19:35

MyASStic I prefer Judge Judy! Who do you prefer?

Thumb geha 17 February 2015, 19:44

this senile old fart , the so called general, is the biggest traitor to Lebanon, especially to its Christians.

Thumb Mystic 17 February 2015, 20:04

tony.mcdonalds wouldn't surprise me if you did. Geha how come you call Gen.Aoun a traitor to christianity, did he explode a Church as your hero Geagea did?

Thumb thepatriot 17 February 2015, 18:41

yaaaa Mastika! No one calls' em "Resistance" anymore... we call them "Terrorists"!

Missing humble 17 February 2015, 19:46

At the most Caporal (he failed his entrance exam at 7arbiyeh Military school and begged to retake the exam). Corrupt, agent, liar and traitor to the Christians.

Missing helicopter 18 February 2015, 01:55

Aoun Withdraws Confidence from Defense Minister for 'Exceeding his Privileges'
His ally HA, on the other hand, never exceeds its privileges (always within the confines of the State, its institutions and laws).

Thumb thepatriot 18 February 2015, 09:56

Aaaaaah... okkkk....FT...hmm... "cleaning house" in Syria makes them "Resistance'... yes.... of course...of course.... LOL...

Default-user-icon comisyangeh bassil (Guest) 17 February 2015, 18:50

Mystic LOL for over fifteen years General Aoun was a Israeli Zionist American tool until kowtowed to Nasrallah and Assad.

Thumb freedomarch 17 February 2015, 19:11

Bless his Heart. A Real NIght, the pride of all those who look for glory, a dagger in the heart of the enemy,a real brave human among beasts, a true legend that hit deep in our history, present and future. The term, GENERAL, is to small dor him, The Rank, Imad is to little for his stature, The presidential Palace is not enough for his wisdom and leadership, he as above and beyond Popes and Ayatollahs, he is above saints and shosen or mullas, he is the dier el salib best dweller... he is the real and supreme future ruler of the entire 1st floor of the " 3asfouriyeh" where it's cool and every one there understand him.The one and Only Der General Aoun. BLESS HIS HEART.

Thumb marcus 17 February 2015, 21:29

flamethrower; in your HA/Aoun cabinet under Miqati as PM didn't the minister of defense extend Qahwaji's term. Did the FPM chastise him at that time. The minister was from Marada, an ally of the FPM...

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2015, 21:33

The incredible credible flamethrower once said to @phoenix:

"...flamethrower--
i cant believe you care about the voting!!!"

Yet, his own credibility is never in question;)

Thumb thepatriot 18 February 2015, 09:57

Answer to Marcus imbecile FT!

Missing peace 17 February 2015, 17:17

the pimp yesterday , his whore today.....

Thumb thepatriot 17 February 2015, 18:39

If Aoun respects the institutions so much, he can go to parliament, cast his vote, and keep things normal. Who is he to lecture anyone...!

Thumb amatoury114 17 February 2015, 19:05

i love fystic enthusiastic comments and support for a crazy person who cause Lebanon more than any other individual....having said that i am not for the first time in disagreement this extension habit should completely be abolished....but Aoun should start withdrawing his confidence in himself for resorting to such customs in the past , now he is being critical of what he used to do? or just because he is upset they did not promote chamel roukoz his son in law....anyways Fystic i am not sure how old you are so maybe you were not born yet on oct 13 1990, or too young to be aware....but that day the one you call true president of lebanon acted in a truly cowardly way and remains a stain in history....leaving servicemen behind to die for nothing while he escaped in a armored M113 ....ya 3eyeb el shoum

Thumb amatoury114 17 February 2015, 19:06

by the way fystic how is my gramma? izat amproouving?

Thumb Mystic 17 February 2015, 20:07

You don't know how old I am, and i'm probaly older than you my friend. So because Gen. Aoun went into exile makes him a coward? So what is Hariri now doing living in France?

Stop your hypocrisy already, Aoun got betrayed and nobody helped him back then. Gen. Aoun where among the few who stood by the Resistance in 2006, when all the M14'ers cheered and hoped for Israel to finish off what they started. I remember that clearly, which is why the Resistance continues to back him to this day.

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:21

Lmaooooooooooo stood by the resistance just like Francois al-Hajj eh?? You're so silly Fystic (I hope Jebran114 doesn't have a problem with me calling you that).

Please explain how Aoun "stood by the resistance in 2006." Do you mean that he deployed Aouniyeh fighters in the south to coordinate with the resistance and repel Israeli aggressions, or that he simply voiced support for the resistance???

Thumb amatoury114 17 February 2015, 21:16

@Mystic.....aoun was a general, the commander of the army waging a war....he left his post and fled...leaving soldiers defending and dying in vain ....he struck a deal for his life took about 30 millions dollars or so from the people's money, there are several testimonies on this issue ....and you are comparing hariri who's whole circle was assassinated one by one .....Rafik hariri, eido, tueini, gemayel. shattah, el hassan, eid,and sooooo many more.... ..do you see where this is going? and you want him to stick around? because your thugs have control in the airport to see who came...bisharaffak Mystic you really think that both situations are similar? Aoun wants to be president period...he will sell his mother for that...when he is realizing that it is not happening he is trying to see what else can be as beneficial for him and his son in laws ...period..

Missing humble 17 February 2015, 19:43

Very mentally ill...

Missing humble 17 February 2015, 19:46

At the most Caporal (he failed his entrance exam at 7arbiyeh Military school and begged to retake the exam). Corrupt, agent, liar and traitor to the Christians.

Thumb amatoury114 17 February 2015, 21:17

CONT @ Mystic
.stop hiding behind your finger..bala resistance bala ballout....the day he finds someone who can promise him the presidency he will stop praising your beloved resistance...and let's not also kidd ourselves the so called resistance needed a christian cover so it does not appear blantly shiaa so again this so called alliance is the biggest scam ..come on people are not stupid....btw how do you like my gramma?

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:01

FPM chief MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform Bloc's weekly meeting: We condemn the beheadings of Egyptians at the hands of the IS in Libya.

- Well, that's a start.

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2015, 21:37

Separately, the Mustaqbal bloc condemned as an "ugly" crime the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya at the hands of a group linked to the extremist Islamic State group.

“We extend condolences to Egypt and laud Egypt's firm confrontation of the phenomenon of criminal terrorism that is threatening the unity of the state and society in Egypt,” it said.

Geagea was the first to condemn and called the Coptic Patriarch in Egypt yesterday. But you only read Manar;)
NEXT

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 23:23

Thank you Texas and Eagledawn for responding to Flamey's idiocy.

Thumb thepatriot 18 February 2015, 10:00

FT... owned again, and again, and again... just pathetic...

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:02

Aoun: We condemn ourselves because we have a government that is being used to fill vacuums.

- You need to condemn YOURSELF.

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:04

Aoun: Members of the military are demoralized because of the violation of the laws.

- You are not the one to be speaking about military and violation of laws in the same sentence. You are the one you abandoned your post, leaving your family inside the palace, and your soldiers to be executed.

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:05

Aoun: We fear that the phenomenon of the extension of terms would be implemented at the cabinet and other state institutions.

- Ya Micho, it has been implemented in Parliament because of your phenomenon called boycotting.

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:07

Aoun: Ministers are now starting to rob municipalities and the state's institutions are being eroded.

- Looooooooooooooool this just started now???? Wow, that's a good one... Tell me Jeddo: during the cabinet formation, why were all you guys fighting over certain cabinet portfolios (you insisted on the energy ministry)? Is it not so you guys can steal from the ministries that you control???

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:09

Aoun: There are certain parasites at cabinet and we are studying ways to get rid of them.

- Are you referring to that parasite who went to NY and said "wayna Caroline"? And his buddy who was laughing?

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:16

Just another Tuesday: Aoun addressing the media and making a fool of himself...

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 20:32

Biographies, if you're trying to get my attention:

I am Nick James, and I approve this message.

Thumb galaxy 17 February 2015, 20:38

have you noticed when flamethrower is not posting, suddenly many fake accounts appear and start the insults?

Thumb nickjames 17 February 2015, 21:17

These aren't insults, and it can't be Flamey because it says I have a Chihuahua named Flamey lol

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2015, 21:38

you noticed and had to appear;)

Thumb canadianpaul 17 February 2015, 20:41

Commenting on the functioning of the cabinet, Aoun said: “It would not work properly if ministers are not granted veto power.”

Because your ministers vetoing Harb, and Harb vetoing your ministers has worked admirably. Dunce.

Missing humble 17 February 2015, 20:44

He is getting at destroying the government, another institution that will go down according to the plan for creating the chaos.
History will describe him as the traitor Who destroyed the Christians.

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2015, 21:42

no no nassrallah said what is happening in Yemen is a democratic peaceful change driven by the will of the people;)

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2015, 21:58

@anony
you might want to watch this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndG3ts69fGo
بالفيديو: المعارضة تعلن انقلاب “السحر على الساحر” بريف حلب وعشرات القتلى من النظام والميليشيات

Default-user-icon Hebbo (Guest) 18 February 2015, 17:12

Dear lebjack, so you are saying Aoun should start throwing empty slogans about the disarming of HA like all the rest of M14 folks in order to truly deserve being Lebanon's president? Because I am sure that HA will listen to him in this case. You like to be fed with bulls**t don't you? perhaps you got so used to it that you can't smell it anymore.