Aoun Links Cabinet with Presidential Elections, Says he Nominates Geageaإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun has made a clear connection between the formation of a new government and the election of a president which he said should garner a huge support by the rival political parties.
Aoun told An Nahar daily in an interview published on Saturday that he agreed with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on the need for a strong president.
Geagea “considers himself strong. So I nominate him,” Aoun said mockingly.
He reiterated that he wasn't a candidate for the presidency but “he wouldn't give up his tasks if decision-makers wanted” him to reach the country's top post.
Asked about a possible vacuum if parliament failed to elect a new president, Aoun said: “The extension of (President Michel Suleiman's) mandate means vacuum.”
“We are living in (a state of) vacuum and we are afraid of it. Through the extension, we would be extending vacuum,” he warned.
Suleiman's six-year term ends in May 2014. But there are fears that differences and lack of consensus among rival political parties would prevent the parliament from meeting and would lead to a vacuum in the presidency.
Aoun, who is also the head of the parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, stressed that the solution to the crisis would come through the formation of the new cabinet.
“If there was no government, there would be no presidential elections,” he told An Nahar.
Aoun disagreed with his ally Marada leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, who has recently called for the election of a new president by simple majority.
“Simple majority is dangerous. The president should garner a bigger understanding” among the rival parliamentary blocs and political parties, he said.
“The new cabinet is not being formed because there are connections with abroad,” he said. “Had there been independent (politicians), they would have taken the decision that conforms with Lebanese interests.”
Aoun renewed his criticism of Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati over his policies in the resigned cabinet.
The secretary-general of the executive authority, Suhail Bouji, is “the ruler” and gives his “instructions,” Aoun said.
On Tuesday, the FPM chief called on Miqati to “leave the Grand Serail.”
He “is disassociating himself from local events, and many things are taking place after securing the signature of the cabinet's secretary-general Suhail Bouji and President Michel Suleiman,” Aoun said.
“he wouldn't give up his tasks if decision-makers wanted”… yes pajama boy, they will all rush to nominate you… Berri, jumblatt & mikati are already lining up.
There are a couple of very simpleminded individuals who Idolize this poor wretch, but at the end of the day all Aoun will be remembered for is running away & slithering back.
the best thing he ever said in his entire life (about geagea being the president ) because we really need a president with such personality as el DOc.
the guy knows he has not a single chance of being a president.
he knows the days of hizbushaitan are close to an end, otherwise, he would have been jubilant and asking for the presidency :)
M14 is closer to the end than Hezbollah. Their obstruction of governance will surely weaken their position if not see them declared illegal.
M14 is closer to the end than Hezbollah. Their obstruction of governance will surely weaken their position if not see them declared illegal. .....
Right on the mark MC. This is why M8 (headed by HA) have been obstructing governance in all its forms, because M8 thrives on lawlessness.
Apart from these ailments, is there anything else you suffer from General. Where are the Christian leaders of Lebanon, it is sad times, how long will this drought last, The good Lord has forsaken us.
With one sect intoxicated with their weapons and the second heading towards fanaticism as a defence to the first, and the third and backbone of Lebanon spilt in half, we are at a dangerous crossroads in our history. Sincere prays are our only salvation.
Looks like 2014 will be the undoing of the government of Lebanon. The coming crisis will leave the country in shambles.
No parliament, No cabinet, no president and a prime minister in the back pocket of the KSA. Give thanks to M14 for the demise of Lebanon.
Lebanon has been in crisis for 40 years, occupied & looted by the Assad's and now occupied by the Iranian militia. It has become a shambles and a political vacuum after your beloved M8 government took power. That is exactly what Hizbullah wants, no real Lebanese government authority.
The facts say differently ... It is Mustaqbal and M14 that boycott parliament, refuse to negotiate a cabinet and ratchet up their rhetoric to levels that all but call for a civil war.
You have a short memory, boycotts are a specialty of M8. Negotiate What???? Hizbullah brakes all agreements, says that it does not need Lebanese consensus and that Assad and Iran are their partners. But according to you it is all M14's fault for calling it out and not handing over the country to them… what a joker.
The obstruction of Lebanese governance is clearly caused by M14. It is M14 that boycotts parliament and a negotiated cabinet.
All your words ring hollow dear puppet. If you cared about Lebanon you'd see that Lebanon needs strong governance more now than ever.
mckinl you are a fool, you and all the other Axis cheerleaders want to grovel at Assad's & Nasrallah feet, then enjoy. But don't expect every one ells to.
Me grovel at Assad's and Nasrallah's feet? LOL ...
No dear puppet it is your hatred that you would let destroy Lebanon ...
Yes mckinl, it is my hate that is destroying Lebanon not the Assad/Iranian Axis.
M14 is not against the formation of a government but it is against hizbullah being in the government while they are involved in the syrian conflict. they are also supporting the formation of a neutral government without neither 14 or M8 representatives. Hizbullah is insisting being in the government which will make lebanon officially involved in the syrian conflict. Lebanon will thus be in a position of declaring war onto the syrian oppositions, the moderate and the islamists terrorist alike.
Hezbollah members have been duly elected to the parliament. If those members have broken any laws then charge them, if not then they are qualified to be in government.
Hezbollah has never said that they wanted Lebanon to declare war on the terrorists in Syria. It is only M14 that makes this case while Saad and Oqab Saqr run supply lines to the terrorists.
Thankfully the Syrian army with the help of Hezbollah is scrubbing their Lebanese border of terrorists so the much awaited KSA victory in Syria that would have seen armed support to take on Hezbollah. No doubt Israel would have invaded as well. Such are the plans of the M14 and they lie in ruins.
Should the country fall into chaos I fully expect the Lebanese Forces to take control with the absolute backing of Hezbollah. While in control I expect them to call for elections for every national elective post and they may even convene a Constitutional convention so that boycotts will be punished not tolerated.
keep us laughing please :)
We will surely see won't we ... I doubt that you will be so amused at the outcomes ...
When Suleiman is not replaced and the presidency is vacant we will see how humorous my post is then ...
"Thankfully the Syrian army"…. pathetic, mckinl giving thanks to Assad's army. You are full of BS, Hizbullah and Assad fight for the Axis not for Lebanon. It is the Lebanese people who back the LAF not Nasrallah and his jihadist terrorist.
no one is supporting the islamist terrorist but the moderate syrians that wants to live under a free democratic regime. the uprising started with peaceful civilians demonstrating against a tyrant regime. It is the very intervention of the foreign international and regional power that has transformed the uprising into a war among sunni extremists and shiites loyal to iran.
Indeed the Lebanese people back the Lebanese forces and to say that M14 has been unappreciative of their service is putting it very mildly indeed. The LF will break the M14 treason and governence will once again commence.
@ greatpierro ~ "no one is supporting the islamist terrorist but the moderate syrians that wants to live under a free democratic regime."
Been in a coma for three years pierro?
do you really think that some one still believes those lies are you lying on people or on your self .
Should Lebanon fall into chaos, as M14 wants, indeed the LF will step forward ... and they will get international support.
Yes mckinl, all Hail the Glorious Iranian militia, Lebanon's only Salvation. Now you just keep saying that to yourself and everything will be just fine.
for have weakened the christians in lebanon by initiating a bloody war and by making an alliance with a terrorist militia that is weakening the lebanese institutions and government legitimacy. bravo noun.
Your propaganda needs a lot of work dear pierro. Your posts only confirm the deep denial of M14 and Mustaqbal.
FYI: It is Mustaqbal and M14 that boycotts the parliament and refuses to negotiate the formation of a new cabinet.
Mocking is destructive. It's certainly counterproductive and unprofessional. Even when it involves opponents. He's supposed to be a role model.....
@Southern: do you even believe what you say?
the day is coming where hizbushaitan will be dismantled, and then Lebanon will be able to have elections, a proper cbinet, and a new president.
anything else is stupidity beyond stupidity.
Someone is playing with his crayons again, can someone please translate this jibber-jabber.
Southerner do want to be illiterate all of your life? Stop waisting your time posting nonsense. You should be doing productive things like attending a school for the mentally challenged.
As long as we are in the middle of this nonsense we shall never become a country.
M8 blames KSA, M14 blames Hezbollah...
How about both are bad and we should be a independent country getting rid of both terrorists blowing themselves and this country up, and Hezbollah who just needs to return all Lebanese fighting in Syria to Lebanon.
I know it seams impossible for both cases, I guess the only solution is a maybe a french Revolution in Lebanon when the people finally get rid of all dominant forces in Lebanon. (All parties!)