Saniora, Fatfat, Houri, Makari Say 'Won't Vote for Aoun'

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Head of al-Mustaqbal bloc ex-PM Fouad Saniora, Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and Mustaqbal MPs Ahmed Fatfat and Ammar Houri announced Thursday that they would not vote for Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun in any presidential election session, shortly after Aoun was formally endorsed by al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri.

“It is normal for me to be alongside the head of al-Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri. I have always been and I will always be, but I will not vote for General Aoun,” Saniora told reporters after Hariri's announcement.

Fatfat for his part said: “With all due respect for ex-PM Saad Hariri and his initiatives and efforts to end the presidential void, but the outcome of these efforts, especially his endorsement of General Michel Aoun for the presidency, is not compatible with my national and political principles as a founder member of al-Mustaqbal Movement and al-Mustaqbal bloc.”

He attributed his decision to “numerous political reasons and considerations” that he had “openly expressed in public statements.”

Houri meanwhile said he would not vote for Aoun out of his respect for “the Taef Accord, the policies of martyr premier Rafik Hariri, and our loyal people.”

Makari meanwhile revealed that he would “cast a blank vote.”

In his endorsement of Aoun earlier in the day, Hariri described his decision as a “major political risk” that he is willing to take for the sake of the country.

“This decision stems from the need to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people... It is a decision based on agreement to cooperate to preserve the system, strengthen the State, reactivate economy and dissociate ourselves from the Syrian crisis,” he said.

“Yes, this is a major political risk, but I'm willing to risk myself, my popularity and my political future one thousand times to protect all of you,” Hariri noted.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Hariri had launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Hizbullah's ally MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid have argued that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.

Comments 9
Missing imagine_1979 20 October 2016, 19:30

And yet after years of servitude they decided to break up with syrian regime as u very well said, but u forgot the part where aoun decided to go party with "choukran souria" guys :)

Missing imagine_1979 20 October 2016, 19:53

Sorry man for my lack of knowledge but international presure was a litle helped by popular presure as i recall...
We were some bunch at martyr square im14march at least as i recall, u were also not so bad screaming chiukran souria :)

Missing imagine_1979 20 October 2016, 19:30

And yet after years of servitude they decided to break up with syrian regime as u very well said, but u forgot the part where aoun decided to go party with "choukran souria" guys :)

Thumb thepatriot 20 October 2016, 23:08

Bravo libanobrasil... you prefer an actual Syrian lackey, to formers ones... brilliant!
Aoun always was a lackey. A Syrian one, an American one, an Iranian one... just look at his biography... it is self explanatory!

Thumb thepatriot 21 October 2016, 17:51

To hell with Arabism!
I was with Aoun then! I thought he was fighting for us! He was fighting for himself! For his ego! He destroyed this country within a few weeks! Divided the Christians! And then sent his men to the slaughter house!
I supported this man... until I realized he was an egocentric lunatic! Wake up!
Aoun will be the agent, the tool, the muppet, of anyone who gives him the chair, and at any price!

Missing bigjohn 21 October 2016, 15:50

It looks like the future movement is now breaking apart. The big four (FM, Amal, HA, PSP) is now the big three.

Thumb libanaisresilient 21 October 2016, 18:14

@libanobrasil you got my respect now! Could not have said better

Thumb thepatriot 21 October 2016, 23:18

fool!

Thumb thepatriot 21 October 2016, 23:18

fool!