Franjieh: I'm with a New Secular Regime in Syria, March 14 Wants Partitioning

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Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh on Monday said he would support the rise of a new “secular” regime in Syria, accusing the Christians of the March 14 coalition of betting on the partitioning of the neighboring country and subsequently of Lebanon.

“We have never supported the alliance of minorities, but some March 14 Christians are betting on the partitioning of Syria although that would hurt the minorities,” Franjieh warned during an interview on MTV.

“March 14 wants the transition to statehood to happen according to its vision, which is based on disarming Hizbullah, while they don't mention the arms of the Palestinians. They want to remove the pro-Syria Palestinian arms and to keep the arms (of the other Palestinian factions) inside the camps,” Franjieh added.

He said the rival alliance “wants to topple the (Syrian) regime and afterwards to topple the resistance” of Hizbullah.

“If a secular regime that ensures equality rises to power in Syria I will support it and (Syrian) President (Bashar) Assad will not stay forever,” Franjieh noted.

He rejected “the rule of majority over the minority through the law of (Islamic) sharia,” saying “this is not a democracy, as democracy can only be secular.”

Asked about the Islamist armed groups in Tripoli, Franjieh said: “Any weapons of a sectarian nature scare me. They scared me in the past when they were with the Christians because such weapons only lead to disaster.”

“Political cover was provided for the army in Tripoli and we hope it will carry on with its mission. Today the army deployed for the first time in Bab al-Tabbaneh and this is very good,” he added.

Commenting on the controversy created by the leaked recordings featuring MP Oqab Saqr, Franjieh said: “Oqab Saqr's masters, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have publicly announced that they want to arm (the Syrian opposition) and I don't think that Saqr would distance himself.”

He accused the Mustaqbal Movement of being “involved in financing, arming and recruitment,” noting that “those who were killed in Tall Kalakh paid the price of political choices aimed at strengthening the Americans' position in the negotiations with Russia over Syria.”

Comments 28
Default-user-icon Omar El Solh (Guest) 10 December 2012, 23:19

Mr.Frangieh has been silent for a long long time. I do not put myself on anyone's side at all but Mr.Frangieh when he talks he says the truth and he is a very fair person with wise brain. hope everyone would learn from what he says. and for those ignorant people here Syria is more democratic than Lebanon even though in Lebanon the president changes but laws are dominated by religion while Syria law is seperate from religion.

Missing mohammad_ca 11 December 2012, 16:49

so your logic is, symbolically separate religion from "law" and then rule like a bastard with an iron fist and things will be fine. great logic! Syrians will choose who replaces ASSad and Syrians will choose how they want this rule to be, it's not up to you or franjiyeh.

Thumb mckinl 10 December 2012, 23:23

Franjieh is exactly correct on everything he comments on. March 14 is out to use the Syrian disaster to rout Hezbollah which of course will never happen without the blood running waste deep in Lebanon.

If and when Syria falls Iran will quickly back Hezbollah with everything it can. March 14 is playing with fire if they think they can shape the outcome in Syria post Assad. Already with burnt fingers their next step is self immolation.

Thumb primesuspect 10 December 2012, 23:36

Death to Franjieh!

Missing peace 11 December 2012, 00:02

they rule by fatwas is it better ? lol!

Thumb shab 11 December 2012, 00:22

So he's the new M14 spokesman ?

Missing freemind 11 December 2012, 00:31

if he is, then they all are, arent they? the gemayels and the hariris and the lot...

Missing aounophobia 11 December 2012, 01:37

this man had his family massacred in cold blood by Elie Hobeika, who some years later became another syrian puppet and sat next to him in the government. talk about principles and self esteem

Thumb lebnanfirst 11 December 2012, 03:29

Really now buddy. I know you are smarter than that comment you made above.

Thumb lebnanfirst 11 December 2012, 03:45

OMG, with logic like yours @FlameThrower no wonder Lebanon is in the pits. Ah ya zgurt ya inta. OMG I must be dreaming. Who in this day and age sports such Neanderthal logic...

Default-user-icon Jean Rouhana (Guest) 11 December 2012, 04:02

فرنجية : بين الرئيس والزعيم فرق كبير وسليمان ليس زعيما لان الانسان يولد زعيما.

And he wants a democtratic secular regime! Buddy start with yourself, you are nothing but a thug, even if you think you are royalty or Zaaim

Thumb Chupachups 11 December 2012, 04:28


But of course the aounists and hezbos won't agree to that

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 04:36

M8 must be in big trouble. Everyone is doing CYOA speeches regarding te situation in Syria. They are in so much trouble they stopped blaming Isreal for everything and started blaming M14. I see the changing of guard coming soon and in Abigail way.

Thumb LebDinosaur 11 December 2012, 07:19

Well said

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 04:38

* a big way. Not sure what Abigail way is but it's M14's fault that my spell check on my IPAD did that.

Missing cedars 11 December 2012, 04:47

I agree with one thing you said: Yes Mar 14 is not making noise to disarm the Palestinians BUT guess what, Hajj entered Nahr el Bared during their Government, Hajj was assassinated later on as The RAT Nasrallah made a public a statement that Nahr el Bared is a RED LINE, in other word, you enter it then we will take care of you with a car bomb.

Missing reformist 11 December 2012, 07:03

Enough did he ever deny it? The guy is sharp and strong enough to say things as they are!
If you have something to criticize, point it out but don't be a classic M14er just throwing insults :)

Thumb andre.jabbour 11 December 2012, 07:05

Suleiman Franjieh is a man of the past. His say is worthless... just like him.

Missing reformist 11 December 2012, 07:06

Enough, the worst thing is being ignored ;) There's a thin limit between love and hatred dear. And you know that!
If you hadn't seen a tiny little bit of truth already in what FT is saying, you wouldn't even comment ;)
I simply love how much reactions from your M14er camp he generates ;)

Thumb geha 11 December 2012, 08:33

I believe that n one doubts anymore that bashar is going down, thus their cronies in Lebanon are kind of lost and do not really know how to re-position themselves. this is why you hear these days comments that do not make any sense.
just look at m8 posts here to understand what I said :)

Default-user-icon Borat (Guest) 11 December 2012, 09:48

he is suffer retardation

Default-user-icon Marie K. (Guest) 11 December 2012, 12:03

How stupid , the world is exploring the outer limits of the solar system and other still worship politicians who still stir people's emotions by religion, grow up people and stop fighting it is useless.

Missing thatisit 11 December 2012, 12:17

explain to us why HA is involved in fighting in syria and how is that any different from the accusations M8 are throwing around? Gotta tell you it is just a smoke screen to cover up their own mess.

We all want secular regimes to flourish- but we also wanted to be secualr and democratic- and please don't repeat what aoun said that the syrian baathist regime is democratic.

in the absence of education, the ME will always be a hot bed for fanatics and religious extremest. Take your buddies in HA- if they are not relgious extremest then please tell us what they are- they are. If you are opposed to salfist etc, then you should also be opposed to HA - two wrongs don't make it right.

Missing chouf5 11 December 2012, 13:26

Hey the the_roar why dont you change your to dipstick .

Missing mohammad_ca 11 December 2012, 16:47

majority of M8..hmm..we have M8 who had a "thank you" party for ASSad et al when they were kicked out of Lebanon, we have nasrocrap who at first claimed nothing was going on in Syria, then defended ASSad to the teeth, then sent fighters to help him out....never has he said anything about regime change. Then we have 3asem Qanso who says he wants to be a "solider in ASSad's army to defend Syria"...meen kamen, an eh 3awn keeps telling us "things will be taken care of in Syria", then says he doesn't want "ikwhan" to rule (like it's his choice ya3ne)...the point of the matter is, you, him, or franjieh doesn't get to decide, the Syrians will decide who replaces ASSad.

Missing mohammad_ca 11 December 2012, 16:50

yeah man, his family were all killed, it means he is a great politician

Missing mohammad_ca 11 December 2012, 16:52

yeah man, M8 logic, laQaeda is zionist kamen and they're American agents...

Default-user-icon Neal (Guest) 11 December 2012, 19:13

I'm from his home town i know this man better then most of you . he does not have high school diploma . barely can read and write but yet he is a leader ( to some of you ) . the man is a Syrian " tool " , when Bashar leaves he is done with him , so please spare us the bull sir we know who you are and where your thoughts are coming from