Bassil Says Bloc MPs Free to Cast Blank Ballots or Vote for Berri

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Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil announced Tuesday that the members of the FPM's Strong Lebanon bloc have the “freedom” to vote for Speaker Nabih Berri or cast blank ballots during Wednesday's speaker election session.

“We have decided to allow the bloc's members to vote in the way they see appropriate – whether they choose to cast blank ballots or vote for Speaker Berri,” Bassil announced after the bloc's weekly meeting.

Citing the Lebanese Forces' decision to cast blank ballots, Bassil explained that should the FPM endorse the same stance, it would give the impression that “the vast majority of Christians is rejecting this nomination” of Berri.

“We would be facing a scenario of major Christian rejection of a major Shiite choice and this cannot be overlooked. The FPM has always paid prices to prevent the isolation of any sect and we are the guardians of the (1943) National Pact” of confessional coexistence, Bassil added.

The FPM chief also confirmed support for the nomination of Prime Minister Saad Hariri for the premiership and Strong Lebanon MP Elie al-Ferzli for the deputy speaker post.

Comments 6
Thumb s.o.s 22 May 2018, 18:35

Why doesn’t Dr Geagea and his friends offer an alternative to Berri? If the Shia, Druze and Sunni picked up Aoun, the Christians, Druze and Sunni should team up and pick the parliament speaker.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 22 May 2018, 19:06

If im not wrong all elected Shiite MPs except for one are either from Amal or Hezbollah blocs. The lone one elected in jbeil on Farid el Khazen's list made a pilgrimage to Berri as soon as he was elected to get his blessings even before he visited el Khazen.

Thumb s.o.s 22 May 2018, 21:15

Michel Suleiman wasn’t a party member, it worked out well. I’m not so sure about Kamal Assaad, Berri’s Predecessor who was better than the baltaji from what I heard and at least he was born in Lebanon unlike the Amal war criminal.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 May 2018, 18:50

Geagea Says Lebanese Forces Won't Vote for Berri
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/246468-geagea-says-lebanese-forces-won-t-vote-for-berri

FPM chief MP Jebran Bassil: Our bloc's members are free to vote for Speaker Berri or to cast blank ballots.

and he refers to Berri as thug and thief !

Thumb eagledawn 22 May 2018, 19:23

"the_roar:
Ladies and Gentlemen: Today you have just listened to the future president of Lebanon; Learn people learn"

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 22 May 2018, 19:24

https://vimeo.com/262537011