Aoun Lashes Back at Jumblat over Electoral Law, Refuses to 'Surrender to his False Threats'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun snapped back on Saturday at Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, considering the adoption of an electoral law based on proportional representation would reflect Jumblat’s real political weight.
“Jumblat considers himself the only logical person… But the proportional representation would reflect his real political weight,” Aoun said in a ceremony marking the 7th anniversary of his return from exile to Paris in May 2005.
The FPM leader noted that he will not surrender to Jumblat’s false threats as “all your threats are lies, do whatever you want.”
Aoun pointed out in a ceremony at the Platea Theater in Sahel Alma that Kamal Jumblat “had continuously demanded the adoption of an electoral law based on proportional representation.”
Jumblat is snubbing proportional representation in the elections.
He said on Friday that the “irrational movement led by Michel Aoun is paralyzing everything.”
The Druze leader accused Aoun of “seeking to control all the organs of the state: judiciary, security, politics, administration and elections.”
On the local situation, Aoun said that the FPM “isn’t creating a cabinet crisis,” accusing President Michel Suleiman of “disrupting the work of the state.”
He stressed that the executive power in Lebanon and the administration "have been disrupted for the first time in the era of President Suleiman.”
“The president has a problem with himself,” Aoun added.
The FPM leader has been at loggerheads with Suleiman over several issues and mainly the appointment of the head of the Higher Judicial Council. They took their dispute to the social networking sites last week when the FPM chief accused the president of begging for his seat.
But Suleiman retorted, saying a consensual president does not beg for the presidency and on the contrary, everyone asks him to accept the post of president.
Aoun slammed the visit of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.
He said that “the U.S. labeled Lebanon as a ‘French Mistake,’ while France says Lebanon is insignificant. How can we trust those who sold us?”
The U.S. official arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday. His talks with senior Lebanese officials focused on the need for Lebanon to respect constitutional deadlines with regard to the 2013 parliamentary elections.
Concerning the crisis in the neighboring country Syria, Aoun said that “without any shame, Syria is the closest country to democracy.”
“The citizen in Syria is free to live however he desires, which doesn’t exist in the countries” that are giving Syria lessons in human rights, the FPM leader told his supporters.
He noted that he would defend any human who wants to “enjoy the freedom of belief.”
Aoun criticized the visit of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman to the northern town of Wadi Khaled, wondering if it aims at “creating a military base in Lebanon” after the government refused.
Lieberman arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday and met with Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon and expressed concern that people in the region and around the world "have not done enough to support the Syrian opposition."
Lebanon's political scene is divided between the country's main political blocs over the crisis in Syria.
Aoun also slammed the Arab Spring, describing it as “the Arabs hell.”
05 May 2012, 17:02
Aoun: The universal combat is still against us. We cannot build a free nation by having slave citizens.
05 May 2012, 17:01
Aoun: For the first time in Lebanon, the administration is facing obstacles and it’s in the era of President Michel Suleiman.
05 May 2012, 16:59
Aoun: The president has a problem with himself. He is linked to disrupting the work of the state. He is bickering with his cabinet.
05 May 2012, 16:57
Aoun: The cabinet isn’t only overlooking violations and obstruction, but it is also linked to the force of disruption.
05 May 2012, 16:56
Aoun: They try to block all the prosperous projects and label it as “deals.” If you have evidence then you can convict us.
05 May 2012, 16:54
Aoun: The taxes are paid to the state’s treasury not to the pockets of officials.
05 May 2012, 16:52
Aoun to Jumblat: We will not give in to your threats. All your intimidations are lies. Do whatever you want.
05 May 2012, 16:51
Aoun: Jumblat thinks that he is the only logical person.
05 May 2012, 16:49
Aoun: It seems that Walid Jumblat forgot that his father demanded an electoral law based on proportional representation.
05 May 2012, 16:47
Aoun: We are fighting corruption that became part of our culture. You are encouraging it by not raising your voices against it.
05 May 2012, 16:39
Aoun: We have to exert efforts in order to fortify Lebanon.
05 May 2012, 16:33
Aoun: We warned the U.N. that a vacant presidential palace would lead to confrontations, and we warned that Saniora is sponsoring terrorists groups.
05 May 2012, 16:28
Aoun: Lebanon will never be controlled by any country if we were united. Some are trying to divide the Lebanese. The U.S. labeled Lebanon as a “French Mistake,” while France says “Lebanon is insignificant.” How can we trust those who sold us?
05 May 2012, 16:24
Aoun: They wanted to establish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon without giving Hizbullah and AMAL 48 hours to decide.
05 May 2012, 16:19
Aoun: What does Senate Joe Lieberman's visit to Wadi Kahled mean? Are they trying to create a base in Lebanon? Those who want the Muslim Brotherhood to rule, do they know anything about them? What kind of regime do they want in Syria?
05 May 2012, 16:17
Aoun: Syria is the closest to democracy.
05 May 2012, 16:14
Aoun: During the July 2006 war we were obliged to stand by our people and not to disassociate ourselves from it. But we knew that Israel would lose the war.
05 May 2012, 16:09
Aoun: A March 14 forces delegation urged us to confront with Hizbullah. But we suggested an agreement between all the political parties but they refused.
05 May 2012, 16:08
Aoun: We asked Feltman why is Rafik Hariri allowed to meet on daily basis with Sayyed Nasrallah but we are not allowed to, the answer was because we don’t disclose about our discussions.
05 May 2012, 16:03
Aoun: They controlled Beirut and the companies in it and the government became an executive council for Solidere.
05 May 2012, 16:02
Aoun: We began a dialogue with al-Mustaqbal movement, but we realized there are significant differences between us over the partnership in power. They tried to control us and not to cooperate with us.
05 May 2012, 15:59
Aoun: They tried to breakdown our parliamentary bloc from the beginning to avenge Elias Skaff and the Tashnaq party. Then the Shiites ministers withdrew from the cabinet and it collapsed.
05 May 2012, 15:54
Aoun: Walid Jumblat considered me back then a Tsunami, they offered to "give me" parliamentary seats but i refused.
05 May 2012, 15:52
Aoun: I was invited in 2005 to a lunch banquet and they offered me the white and red foulard, we thought that it’s a recognition that we have established the 1989 resistance, but Paris interfered and my return to Lebanon was delayed.
05 May 2012, 15:48
Free Patriotic Movement Leader MP Michel Aoun during the 7th Anniversary of his return to Lebanon: We have cried twice, once on October 13 and on the day we returned.