Gemayel Slams Vacuum: Rivals Should Prioritize Election of New Presidentإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel considered on Monday the ongoing presidential vacuum unacceptable, calling on rivals to prioritize the election of a new head of state.
“We are surprised by all the measures taken... which aim at ridiculing the presidential vacuum,” Gemayel said after talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki.
He expressed fear on the fate of the Christians' top state post, considering the presidential stalemate aims at depicting that the state can go on without its head.
Lebanon has been living in a presidential vacuum since May when the tenure of Michel Suleiman ended. The conflict between the March 8 and March 14 camps has thwarted all efforts to reach a quorum at parliament to hold elections and end the vacuum.
“We are only concerned with urging politicians to prioritize the presidency and rivals to include the matter on the agenda of their dialogue,” Gemayel told reporters.
Political disputes between the various political factions on the government's mechanism led to the suspension of sessions in light of the vacuum at the top presidential post.
Gemayel warned that he will block the way on those who are trying to “portray the presidential vacuum as an acceptable matter.”
“We should elect a new head of state to fortify the state institutions.”
The Christian leader continued: “We are discussing the pointless issues when we should be electing a new head of state.”
“If we don't elect a new president, then we will lose track of what is important,” he added.
Gemayel later headed to the Center House where he met with al-Mustaqbal chief and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.