Report: Neutral Govt. Aimed at Marginalizing Christians, Says FPM

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The Free Patriotic Movement is keen on forming a government that will tackle national concerns, not just the parliamentary elections, reported al-Joumhouria daily Saturday.

FPM sources noted: “The alleged neutral government is aimed at marginalizing Christians.”

“We want a government that will not be strictly aimed at holding the elections, because several pending issues could topple the cabinet,” they added.

They want a cabinet for the elections, but there are several issues that cannot be avoided and need to be tackled, remarked the sources.

“How will these cases be addressed and with what political cover?” they wondered.

The March 8 forces have called for forming a political, national unity cabinet, while the March 14 forces have called for forming a neutral, technocrat cabinet.

Premier-designate Tammam Salam has meanwhile said that he is seeking a cabinet to oversee the parliamentary polls that does not contain MP hopefuls.

The FPM, of MP Michel Aoun, has a “comprehensive vision” of the situation in Lebanon and the elections, starting with an agreement over a new electoral law, explained the FPM sources.

Moreover, they said: “If the alleged leaks over the names of possible candidates in the cabinet are true, then it means that preparations are underway to form a government of ghosts.”

“There is no such thing as neutrality and the cabinet's real purpose is to impose the 1960 electoral law in the elections,” they explained.

The real battle will center over the electoral law and not the formation of the government, they remarked.

The FPM and the majority of the political parties of the rival March 8 and 14 camps have repeatedly rejected the adoption of the 1960 electoral law for the elections, which was adopted during the 2009 polls.

The Movement has advocated the Orthodox Gathering law that it says offers Christians in Lebanon fair representation.

The law has been rejected by President Michel Suleiman, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, the Mustaqbal Movement, National Struggle Front of MP Walid Jumblat, and independent Christians March 14 officials, who said the proposal deepens sectarian divisions in Lebanon.

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Thumb geha 13 April 2013, 11:05

fpm uses the same tactics: sectarianism. "marginalize the Christians". bunch of crap!
if it marginalizes anyone, it does so to all sects.
this cabinet is aimed at executing elections, and the insistence of m8 on an enlarged political cabinet is only due to their will to extend the parliament.

Thumb geha 13 April 2013, 11:29

well it would be nice if you explain what your fpm is saying, i.e. marginalize Christians? can you explain to us the role of this cabinet if it is not for the elections?
and then show us how m8 is really against extending the parliament term while they are doing and saying what they do.

Thumb lebneneh 13 April 2013, 12:00

Sometimes I'm surprised how bright u sound FT but still ur instinct is driven by your loyalties. Naharnet agenda or not, did FPM sources note: “The alleged neutral government is aimed at marginalizing Christians.” Or not?

Thumb the_roar 13 April 2013, 13:37

lebnenah, that question would be better put forward to Kojak.
You need to ask him, does he really think he will succeed in implementing KSA-Hariri orders? He will meet the same defiant stance all other KSA-Hariri beggars received before him.
Thank the Lord the General will not allow the Christians to be compromised by anyone.

Missing helicopter 13 April 2013, 21:47

I hope the leak is a right on. I happened to like the names mentioned especially if Ziad Barouud is one of the names. I also wish it will have Elie Salame, and the Finance Minister in the early Hariri Cabinet (I forgot his name, a young and very smart man).

Default-user-icon Aoun's yadi yadi ya (Guest) 13 April 2013, 13:31

Anyone still buying this the FPM defends Christians rights bull shiite is an imbecile, in reality the FPM follows Hezballs orders. Aoun is against a law that would give 64 MPs to the Christians based on majority not proportionality because Hezbollah is vehemently opposed to any system based on majority vote. Aoun on the other hand supports Lebanon as a single voting district based on proportionality with is worst to Christian representation than the law he pushed in Doha and still has some posters about how it returned the rights to.. One way he could have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he defends the rights of the Christians would've been by insisting Hezballs relinquish the post of Lebanon security chief stolen from the Christian during Syrian occupation, the pathological liar Aoun promised, but Hassin his master overruled and we have Abbas Ibrahim, I'm sure he's qualified but a Shiite not a Christian and that was Aoun's criteria.

Missing baba_oreily 13 April 2013, 18:18

Blah blah blah

Missing peace 13 April 2013, 19:48

the speciality of FPM is playing the victim every time... it is a cheap propaganda tool to attract cheap minded people. just listen to orangina speeches: he is always a victim but never does anything but cheap talk... he is in the oppositon he whines, he is in the gvt he cries... no one knows what satisfies him, just playing the offended virgin to attract his sheep....

Missing peace 13 April 2013, 19:50

the speciality of FPM is playing the victim every time... it is a cheap propaganda tool to attract cheap minded people. just listen to orangina speeches: he is always a victim but never does anything but cheap talk... he is in the oppositon he whines, he is in the gvt he cries... no one knows what satisfies him, just playing the offended virgin to attract his sheep....

Missing samiam 13 April 2013, 20:47

FPM will always be an opposition party as long as Aoun remains active. He is always complaining like grumpy grandpa simpson, full of contradictions, and just as importantly has not given us a vision of what he wants Lebanon to be in the future. He is against corruption as long it is the other side; he claims to be against the confessional system, but supports the Orthodox proposal; He claimed he was against nepotism, but has several members of his family in prominent posts inclduding Bassil, Michel Aoun, and Roy Al Hachem. He pretends to defend Lebanon from foreign troops and comes back one of the biggest supporters of the country he was defending Lebanon against.

More or less, Aoun is a walking contradiction, wrapped in a enigma, and full of do as I say, not as I did, yesterday.

Missing helicopter 13 April 2013, 21:44

Sorry I meant "as" .... without the extra "s", I hate profanity even if it was a typo :>)

Thumb shab 13 April 2013, 23:18

General Complex is at it again.