Geagea Lashes Out at Attempts to Lure Opposition to Attend Dialogue

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Thursday that the March 14-led opposition rejects to pay the price for any government change by compromising on the electoral law that will be adopted in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

He criticized in comments published in An Nahar newspaper attempts to lure the opposition to attend the national dialogue session set to be held on January 7.

President Michel Suleiman postponed the last session that was set to be held in November after the March 14 alliance decided to boycott it.

Geagea accused “some” parties of trying to make a compromise between the formation of a new cabinet and the adoption of a new electoral law for the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections.

“The all-party talks will not be successful,” the LF leader said.

Lebanon plunged in a political crisis last month when the opposition announced its decision not to sit at the dialogue table with Hizbullah, and boycotted all parliamentary activity after it blamed Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government on the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch chief Wissam al-Hasan on October 19.

Discussions among the rival March 14 and March 8 coalitions over the new electoral law reached a standstill as each alliance held on to its proposition.

The cabinet pushed in August for a law based on proportional representation and dividing Lebanon into 13 electoral districts. Meanwhile, March 14 coalition's proposal suggested dividing Lebanon into 50 electoral districts and adopting popular majority, explaining that this would give a just representation for Lebanese Christians.

While a plan suggested by Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc allows every sect to elect its own MPs under a proportional representation system with Lebanon as a single district.

Comments 21
Missing rami 06 December 2012, 09:38

Karim, you haven't used the word "wahabi" in your comment?

Missing allouchi 06 December 2012, 16:32

good catch rami lol

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 06 December 2012, 09:56

berri and hasoon and junblatt all killed... thousands as well.. but your bias b.s. fails to mention that berri got the speaker of the house for all his killings.. hasoon still has weapons and is the ruler of Lebanon... and junblatt has everyone kissing his booty to have the majority... Geagea went to jail for 11 years.. you are the definition of hate and hypocrisy...and a sad sad brainless boy.

Thumb lebnanfirst 06 December 2012, 10:24

Ted Bundy was a whacko misogynist who stalked and killed his female victims. What has that to do with the price of rice in China?

Thumb lebnanfirst 06 December 2012, 10:33

Of all the Lebanese politicians, Samir Geagea is the only one who can rightly claim he kept true to his principles since that fateful day of February 14, 2005. Am aware of his past during the Lebanese civil war as well as his performance since he was released from prison. All in all, one can not but respect the man for adhering to his principles. Unlike Aoun who degraded himself and those, like myself, who used to believe him to be a man of principle when he betrayed all his principles and allied himself with HA all the while lusting after the "kirsi".

Mr. Geagea, chapeau bas.

Thumb lebfrcan 06 December 2012, 16:42

You said it all lebanfirst, Chapeau bas to you

Default-user-icon LF history (Guest) 07 December 2012, 11:09

handing lebanon to syrian forces , hmmm i dont know who declared harb el elgha , but surely it wasnt Geagea ... and this war gave LEbanon to syria ... i dont know why he handed over the weapons of LF before HA and Amal and it was surely a huge mistake he did , and backing Aoun in 89 in sen el fil against Amine gemayel so Aoun could take over power at that time , and it was the worst mistake Geagea made ! the ones who destroyed LF ya FT are none than Hbeika the ones who betrayed Geagea are none than Aoun at that time ! Stay in 1990 and try to get it right this time :)

Thumb jcamerican 06 December 2012, 11:59

What was the bait? Lollypops or Donuts.

Thumb slash 06 December 2012, 13:09

Mowaten which dialogue ? let us put it on a small scale so maybe you ll understand it once and for all ... you have a big problem with your neighbor at the same floor , the guy dont want ot understand that you are an active person and have work and so he is partying all night long and dont let you sleep, so you wake up every morning tired and need to sleep you went 4 times to talk to him and explained the situation and you agreed that he will stop but he isnt , will you continue going to talk to him nicely or you stop going and call the police ?

Thumb slash 06 December 2012, 14:49

Mowaten i wont argue seriously with you about that , you watch and follow news and you can see that none of the agreements made in the national dialogue rounds have been respected by M8 .... you will deny it of course you will ask for facts of course , every one knows that nothing has been respected , from the weapons to the latest round for the Syrian crisis, and the latest you will throw it on M14 i bet , denying the HA memebers killed there fighting along with Bashar ! khallas man , some points even if you pretend that you are objective and not brainwashed still shows that ! facts, there are all over the internet just google it and compare what has been agreed on to what really happened you ll get your share !

Thumb slash 06 December 2012, 14:50

but of course , internet is taken into consideration when it comes against your political opponents , so forget it !

Default-user-icon accountability (Guest) 06 December 2012, 15:59

Karim is right: Geagea's folie des grandeurs lead to the vanishing of all the defenses that Bachir G.sacrificed so much (including himself, and his two-year old Maya) to protect Christians, against all odds (US, USSR, Europe...all wanted the Christians out of Lebanon!!!) Nero wanted to play his fiddle: He started by HK, then Maroun Mechaaleni, then some other kids in matn jnoubi, then the sovereign Army (although I am not a fan of Mareshall Aoun, as Jumblatt calls him)...Now deal with it if you can...Nobody knows the dangers of hizbala, and their plan for dawle-ye isleimi...hassoun openly accuses that Christians invaded this region, which was originally theirs...All the Lebanese (including the gov) have become subdued by hizabala who accuses everybody of being a aamil, while they are to iranis...we can all be one big austrich, and deny the status quo, under the labels of patriotism...when Lebanon flourished from 1960 to 74, there was no hizbala...

Missing allouchi 06 December 2012, 16:33

Hakim is the voice of truth in Lebanon...

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 06 December 2012, 17:10

Two years ago all we heard was "one way ticket" from the M8 sheep. Now all we hear from them is beg for discussion. I wonder what changed their mind? I wonder to what happened to national unity government? its never the same when the shoe is on the foot, is it losers?

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 06 December 2012, 17:13

Weakest stratgey ever! if you can't look good then try to make the other guy look worse with a smear campaign. weak, desperate and smells a lot like an origina strategy. Pathetic!

Missing peace 06 December 2012, 17:59

lebanese will be able to decide of their fate only when warlords will be prohibitted to do politics, when religious people will stick to religion exclusively and when all the laws will be according to civil laws and not religious ones... the day lebanese will act as lebanese and not members of a religious community!

so it s not for tomorrow....

Thumb ado.australia 06 December 2012, 18:03

The1phoenix...this is what they play on! Just as Clinton said... "it's the economy, stupid". War brings money at the expense of people's lives. Just like Oqab Saqr is benefiting and profiting from his war lord Saadadine Hariri selling arms to the Syrian rebels.

Pockets are only full when people are dying. No one cares to remember what it's like to be in war, because we all pretend it never happened!

Thumb lebfrcan 06 December 2012, 22:12

Phoenix, what is your pragmatic proposition?
Even if what you write is true, what is your solution?

Missing peace 06 December 2012, 22:23

the first democratic solution would be to stop voting and to make peaceful demonstrations telling how fed up people are with their lies!

Thumb lebfrcan 07 December 2012, 00:03

Peace, I think you need something on the scale of when Hariri died for it to get traction and that will never happen in Lebanon because people are in either M8 or M14 camps.
The ones not affiliated to those 2 camps are minority.
If you want changes, you need to vote.

Default-user-icon HUMAN (Guest) 07 December 2012, 04:17

the solution, is to make voice count when election comes, don't be a sheep and lets not forget the past. all our politicians are CRIMINALS.