Jumblat to Nasrallah: If Iran isn't Blocking Presidential Polls, Why Hasn't Quorum Been Met at Parliament?

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat questioned on Saturday the criticism that was indirectly addressed to him by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for his recent “sarcastic remarks on Iran's democracy,” saying that “based on the several meetings I have held with him, I recall that he has a political sense of humor.”

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “I was therefore suprised at the reactions that were made over marginal comments I made over the Islamic Republic and its role in obstructing Lebanon's presidential elections.”

“If Iran was indeed not hindering the elections, as you are claiming, then any citizen has the right to ask what are the real reasons for the lack of quorum at electoral sessions?” he asked in an indirect reference to Nasrallah.

He noted that this question holds more significance now that both presidential candidates are members of the March 8 alliance.

Nasrallah deemed on Friday as a political victory the fact that MPs Michel Aoun and Suleiman Franjieh, both members of the alliance, are running for the presidency.

“Wasn't it Iranian deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdul Lahyan that his country would back any agreement made among the Lebanese over the elections?” Jumblat asked.

“Perhaps these sides are seeking to follow the Iranian example and demand that the results of the elections be guaranteed in advance before ensuring quorum at the electoral session,” he continued.

“This means determining the results and later holding a symbolic and superficial vote similar to the several democratic councils in Tehran,” he added.

“We raised several question marks over the indirect democracy in Iran due to its numerous Shura councils, various regime committees, and its republican guard, of course, because we do not want the Lebanese democracy, despite its weakness, to transform into the Iranian one,” he noted.

“Needless to say that Lebanon's political and economic capabilities do not match Iran's, which has seen the West open its doors to it to strike deals worth billions of dollars,” the PSP chief said.

“I'd like to add a reminder that the council of diagnosing the regime – excuse me, I mean national dialogue – was the side that unanimously tasked Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb to find a solution to the garbage crisis,” he continued.

“Criticizing Iran and some its positions, similar to criticizing the United States, Russia, or Europe at certain times, is not aimed at fueling political spite, as some have said, but it is part of democracy and freedom of expression, which Hizbullah undoubtedly understands and highly values,” Jumblat stressed.

Nasrallah said during a speech on Friday: “Iran has stressed that the presidential issue is a domestic affair and that it would support what the Lebanese would agree on.”

“As for the issue of Iranian democracy, Iran has organized more than 35 elections in the past 37 years and the polls were never suspended, despite the wars and bombing. But we in Lebanon are searching for any excuse to postpone the elections and we don't have a constitutional authority to address the differences,” he noted.

“The Expediency Discernment Council has granted Iran what it was aspiring for at the political, industrial, military and technological levels,” he stated.

Comments 12
Thumb ex-fpm 30 January 2016, 14:32

In Shia Iran, the waliy al faqih approves and appoints candidates and determines who is fit for elections. The "people" then elect the candidates the ayatollah had approved. In Lebanon, Nassrallah approved one candidate only and will not go to parliament unless his candidate is the only candidate. This is the Islamic state that hezbollah has already established in Lebanon. Good job Aoun for making it happen.

Thumb liberty 31 January 2016, 02:34

الدستور الإيراني ينص على أن دين الدولة هو المذهب الإثني عشري، ما يعني أن أبناء الطوائف الأخرى مواطنون من الدرجة الثانية، مهما تاجر الممانعون بالسماح لهم بإقامة قداس الميلاد!

المادتان 12 و13 من الدستور الإيراني (دولة الولاية التي يريد «حزب الله« استنساخها في لبنان والمنطقة)، تفرضان على جميع الطوائف والمذاهب القبول بولاية الفقيه المطلقة مما جعلهم جميعاً يواجهون التمييز والاضطهاد.

Missing coolmec 30 January 2016, 15:35

I can tell you what the problem is. Most of our political leaders are controlled by either Iran or the KSA, so go figure how our national interest will be protected

Missing coolmec 30 January 2016, 16:30

Hi speakfreely
You are right my friend. I hope you're doing ok. I am in Beirut right now

Thumb chrisrushlau 30 January 2016, 15:48

If everybody who comments here is in the USA, we here can be grateful that Lebanon does not have the curse that besets the USA: popular control of the election of government.
Isn't that the blessings of the Taef Accord and Article 24 of the Lebanon Constitution?

Thumb marcus 30 January 2016, 16:59

It is M14, KSA, and Israel.

Missing the_truth 30 January 2016, 17:43

Every single person who identifies with a religion over their citizenship is a traitor. The only hope for Lebanon sadly at this point is chrisitians uniting against the muslims, giving it unanimous support from the west, which will hinder both Iran's and KSA's involvement. If you are Lebanese you will stand by your Lebanese people ( muslim, christian, druze) without wondering what religion they are. Right now we are all puppets of religion. If people want that, let them leave Lebanon and travel to KSA and Iran, fight Isreael from there and leave Lebanon alone. And these stupid oligarch uneducated uncivilized people like Saed, Hassan, Aoun, Ga3g3a and so forth must me exiled. Religion must be removed from our politics and well educated people should replace them. Long Live Lebanon

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 30 January 2016, 22:52

the people are copie-conforme of leaders:take ex of the people in this forum,they repeat themselves hundred of times to say the same ..... from the first three words of a person commenting,u can guess easily his religion...sadly...

Missing coolmec 30 January 2016, 17:49

I know what you're saying. We have a beautiful country that we can make it a paradise on earth. Yet we are divided amongst ourselves, our leaders are corrupt and are only interested in their personal affairs. State institutions are paralyzed. We turned this jewel called Lebanon into living hell and the downhill slide is still on.
Pity the Nation
Pity its people

Missing coolmec 30 January 2016, 19:23

To err is human we all make mistakes and we forgive, Geagea is no exception and don't forget he had the courage to apologize to the Lebanese people. No other politician has done so

Thumb tric.portugal 30 January 2016, 19:10

thanks Jumbalah for support Aoun!!...with your help the candidate of Maronite and Ortodoxes gonna be eleted in 8 feb.!!

Thumb tric.portugal 31 January 2016, 03:55

...in 8 of feb. ...Salam and Berry gonna lose the Presidential powers...