Aoun Sends Message to Hariri that he Wouldn't Announce Candidacy without Consensus

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Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil has reportedly told the adviser of al-Mustaqbal movement leader Saad Hariri that Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun would not announce his candidacy for the presidency if there was no political consensus on him.

During a meeting with Nader Hariri on Sunday night, Bassil, who is Aoun's son-in-law, said the FPM leader rejected his possible candidacy to be considered against the presidential bid of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea.

Bassil asked Nader Hariri to inform the head of al-Mustaqbal and the former prime minister about such a stance, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

The newspaper said that the meeting between Bassil and Nader Hariri was held in the presence of several officials from the FPM and al-Mustaqbal.

It came after similar talks between al-Mustaqbal movement's envoy and Geagea in Maarab on Saturday.

Nader Hariri is expected to travel to Riyadh soon to brief the Mustaqbal leader on the results of his talks.

Al-Joumhouria quoted the movement's officials as saying that there was not yet a final deal within the March 14 alliance to consider Geagea as the camps sole presidential candidate.

“This needs more time and contacts to overcome the rest of obstacles in that regard,” the officials, who were not named, said.

Geagea's press office said Tuesday that he has also met with another Hariri envoy, former MP Ghattas Khoury, to discuss the presidential elections.

Monday's “talks focused on the importance of preserving the unity of the March 14 alliance at this stage to bring a single candidate from the coalition to the presidency,” the statement said.

Geagea announced last week that he would run for president, throwing the March 14 coalition in confusion after several of its officials said that the camp would have a single candidate.



Comments 55
Missing --karim-- 08 April 2014, 07:59

God bless General Aoun.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 11:36

Karim bro, if let's say Geagea was allied to Hezbollah today, would you also be saying, God bless Hakim? The truth is that we humans tend to take God for granted, and we come up with things like God bless this or God bless that....Who are we to utter His almighty name when we know so little about the Almighty's WILL? people like Aoun, or Geagea or even Sayed Hassan are just mortals, humans. They fight for causes that can hurt an entire nation, and that leave deep scars on society. One can say, God bless Messi, or Ronaldo, or Barca, or Real De Madrid, fair enough, but to ask for blessings for politicians? How can we lend God will to human nature, do we owe Him or isn't the opposite more of the truth. Let such people repent and pray, and pray sincerely, for their sins are many, atonement does not come easy for such people, unless heaven is a very unfair place.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 13:27

***, Sorry, meant to we own him...

Thumb liefighter 08 April 2014, 21:12

He was sitting with God on breafast this morning

Thumb quote 08 April 2014, 13:31

Bloody unlikely karim!

Missing aquaii 08 April 2014, 08:20

Your joking right? God Bless jiddo Aoun? He has sold Lebanon. Sold it. To the Iranian highest bidder...

Thumb geha 08 April 2014, 08:39

is this the same aoun that said: one way ticket?
is this the same aoun who attacked sunnis day in day out?

it is funny what the lust for a chair makes him do :)

Default-user-icon to--karim-- (Guest) 08 April 2014, 09:56

God bless General Aoun..... for this is the 1st good thing he does for Lebanon

Thumb cedre 08 April 2014, 11:27

he's the only one, i'm amazed by his decency these days, we've seen worse from him... Probably playing a game...

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 11:37

There is a new shuffle in town, and it's called the Aoun/Hariri shuffle. Let's see who will get dizzy first.

Thumb cedre 08 April 2014, 12:11

* i meant he's not the only one

Thumb cedre 08 April 2014, 16:08

geagea told him,he needs to do only one thing to be president and have m14 support : be a real patriot, not a lackey of Iran/Syria...

Thumb liefighter 08 April 2014, 21:14

he sure is

Thumb popeye 08 April 2014, 08:59

A warlord who killed lebanese women and children going to school. A criminal who divided the Christians and supports a terror party. @popeye to Aoun: You will never ever see the Presidency. Not even the terror party supports your bid for presidency. You are not good enough for them. They want Franjieh, the illiterate.

Missing samy.. 08 April 2014, 09:08

Lebanon is infested with retards and dellutionals. Crazy aoun is the most suitable person to lead them

Thumb falanges 08 April 2014, 09:10

he cant even accept his baldness. the worst comb-over i've ever seen

Missing coolmec 08 April 2014, 09:37

he stretched his skin watch him planting hair before

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 08 April 2014, 10:10

simple minds discuss people
average minds discuss events
great minds discuss ideas

Thumb warrior 08 April 2014, 18:18

do you have any idea what you're talking about?

Missing aquaii 08 April 2014, 10:50

One has to choose between the lesser
of two evils. Wait & see Dr. Geagea is calling
his supporters to secretly gather arms. War is coming to Beirut yet again, unfortunately this time we may not survive it. This time the country truly shall burn.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 11:44

Well said Aquaii, alas, the Lebanese will never learn. These two oligarchs, these two criminals, these two utterly selfish have caused so much pain yet, it seems feel that the last round wasn't enough, this time they want to finish what they started decades ago. As if it was wrong for us to heal our wounds.

Thumb lebanesenationalist 08 April 2014, 11:07

Click on link. Skip article. Scroll straight down to comments. Like a boss.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:24

No LF, not that bad, the reflection was over these two arch enemies that keep dividing us at a time when unity is our only remedy.

Default-user-icon sempre (Guest) 08 April 2014, 12:19

Dios protect you our dear general!

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:25

Sempre, Dios protect us from him and Geagea. For Aoun rest assured, his protection is courtesy of Bachar Al Assad and Hezbollah. Go to his villa, many of his guards are from HA. Just for the record, has anyone M8 figure died yet?

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 08 April 2014, 12:45

during hilf el rouba3i the Lebaneses forces of geagea were allied with hizb? but on which basis
Aoun allied himself with hizb according to an understanding paper with rules
who is doing alliance to save the country and who is doing alliance just to win in elections
god bless democracy

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 April 2014, 13:01

Democracy at it's best ! Aoun will only present himself if he's the only candidate because he's scared of competition or losing !


And all Aounies here are idiots to believe there is anything democratic or patriotic about Aoun !

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 April 2014, 14:48

Being the only candidate means obtaining power by force. Most dictators in fact obtained power without a single drop of blood.

Look at your Bashar for example ! A beacon of democracy is he ?

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 April 2014, 14:51

This is irrelevant. Each party must present candidates and a vote should take place.

In fact, each party must have their "leader" prior to parliamentary election on the basis of which they earn votes for their MPs. MPs are representative of the people and their party leaders when possible can be eligible as candidates for the presidency.

Our current parliament is obsolete however and should be replaced BEFORE electing the next president.

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 April 2014, 15:32

It's not hate. It's realising the truth after so many years.

I was and remain a Aounist to this day.

It seems Aoun is no longer a Aounist however and has lost his ways since he came back to Lebanon !

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 April 2014, 17:40

It's irrelevant because whether the president is voted by the people or MPs, the president is representative of the people.

The problem is the schedule of the current elections and the president being voted by an obsolete parliament.

In any case, any presidential candidate should be supported by parties and they should conduct public debates and present their "program" to the people.

In fact, presidents are normally "party leaders" and as such are the main drivers of votes for the party MPs.

So this is why I feel whether we vote directly or not is irrelevant. I do prefer voting directly but indirect votes should not excuse candidates from conducting campaigns and competing to bring a semblance of democracy to the parody of democracy that is lebanon.

Missing forces 09 April 2014, 00:15

but roar said " You are by far the chosen leader of the Christian sect" so it must be true. so why is he not enlightening us on his presidential agenda? before the vote? or doesn't he care? Is he just interested in making deals with the MP's to gain le brezidency without telling us what he has in mind? very democratic ..I think not..

Missing samy.. 08 April 2014, 13:27


Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 13:31

Roar? What happened to you brother? OK, I understand, it's Tuesday, tends to come by fast these days, but all this praise singing for the old man? Anyway, here's a well chilled Foster's to you. Cheers.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:15

Walaw ya Roar, heyda li be2yi beyni wou beynak? You are putting me with Bani on the same boat? bani is a nutcase, I am not. Bani is like his other half, Jombie, twists and turns every single day, I am consistent with my positions. From the very beginning, I knew your leanings and I respected them, and still respect them 100%, even if as you know I have no appetite for old man Aoun, not now, not ever. Have you seen how I debate with our Shiite siblings? have I not been most frank with them, yet kept respecting them, Even them did not have your words for me. I just felt that today you were more Lebanese than Australian by lavishing so much praise for the old man and I did it with a touch of humor. Anyway Roar, a brother is a brother, and this is how it will stay for me and you.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:53

No Roar bro, actually it's a great week, now I am to travel a lot more than anytime before, Africa and I love it. But whatever you say or do, you know, you will always have my respects, and above all, the affection of a brother.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:23

You know Roar? There are times when I wanted to express my views of Aoun and other M8 figures a lot more strongly, but I always kept saying, I have some M8 brothers here and to me they mean a lot more. Anyway, just to let you know, Phoenix has not changed.

Missing samy.. 08 April 2014, 13:51

no can do, LF. you are asking too much from his tiny wienie brains

Missing coolmec 08 April 2014, 14:53

@the roar
Why? what has the Generalissimo done for Lebanon??? nothing .. just like the other zombies running the country.
Demianos Kattar for President!!!!!
He is clean, educated and truly a man from the people to the people

Missing coolmec 08 April 2014, 14:56

Demianos Kattar for President
The only one that is suitable for the post. All others are nothing but corrupt from the old guard. Time for change rime for new and clean blood

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:21

I second that Coolmec, a decent guy for once and not the old rodent pest infested furniture.

Missing coolmec 08 April 2014, 15:10

what do you mean by Aoun/Frangieh combined?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 08 April 2014, 18:53

Who is the Christian leader? Aoun? Who has about 40% of the Christian vote? M14 Christians including mustaqbal elected Christians who make up about 50%? We Christians are the laughing stock of Lebanon. We are as divided as divided can be. And everything is being done to ensure we remain weak and divided. Fpm MPs are inflated because of the Shia vote in jbeil and Baabda. M14 is inflated in the north. Aoun is not a strong leader because he us part and parcel of this division along with every m14 Christian leader as well. Jumblat is a strong leader because he united his people. HA is a strong party because it unites its people. And mustaqbal are strong because they also unite. Each of those parties are by far the strongest in their sect. What are we??? Nothing. Divided. And with all due respect. Divided because someone changed his orange book. Can you imagine what we could have been?

Missing coolmec 08 April 2014, 15:19

If what you said above is indeed true and correct, Hats off for you my friend. You have done a great investigative job
I still don't understand the need for some to use several pseudos,
Just stick to one that represents you and express freely your opinion
It is more effective

Missing samy.. 08 April 2014, 16:50

Lol, yes,yes,yes, new conspiracies??. Foreigners have nothing else to do but waste their time on idiots like you and your pack

Missing samy.. 08 April 2014, 16:38

woof woof

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 08 April 2014, 17:58

Then Geagea and harb and gmeyil easily beat Aoun and franjieh.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 08 April 2014, 17:59

But I am with you on baroud. Would love to see him as our president. But I fear it will not happen.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 08 April 2014, 20:14

And not a single vote bought by m8. And no I do not think Aoun will win. I'm all for the vote. But he will still end up with less than 50%.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 08 April 2014, 22:34

Again roar. I do not speak of anything without personal experience. I was personally offered a ticket by the fpm when I was in Dubai. And even my uncle. An fpm party member and official said he can throw in a hotel.
FT. I was using the same measure as fd. If Aoun and franjieh beat Geagea according to that website. Geagea harb and gmeyil crush them. Not saying it is a fool proof method. Just using the same argument.

Default-user-icon Leviticus (Guest) 08 April 2014, 18:20

Baabda misses you ya General ya kbir! Allah ye7mik ya Rab, wy7mi Lubnan, Amen.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:20

Brother Wolf, Bani is exactly as I described him, a softy gay with many machines and time to him. He keeps appearing under many aliases, but I noticed one thing, the one he originally used had to be kept intact, the Bani Maarouf one, or the one that reflected the Druze one, that was to be preserved, the rest? he made them under different names, but his knack and love for Geagea kept betraying him. The cream on the cake remained, his inherent and unmistakable hatred of the LF and Bachir Gemayel. I caught the gal long ago.

Thumb -phoenix1 08 April 2014, 20:50

Lah lah lah ya M11er, akid akid akid I did not aim so. I just extrapolated over Aquaii's post that Geagea and Aoun are a plague to us and that their mutual enmity is hurting us big time. I hope this clears the air brother.

Thumb liefighter 08 April 2014, 21:15

I beleive we will not have a president until the death og GMA

Missing forces 09 April 2014, 00:09

roar , reality check brother " You are by far the chosen leader of the Christian sect" lets face it almost all aouny's love the very general aoun out of their hate for the Lebanese forces. He has not and will never be a benefit to Lebanon.In fact it has now become very evident his support base particularly amongst 18-35's is dwindling as they have come to see past his "I am greater then thou" speeches and realise he cannot deliver what he preaches. In fact his support base in my opinion is what is destroying the Lebanese as they choose to follow blindly knowing he leads them nowhere out of their spite for geagea and the lf. One could say they are cutting off their noses to spite their ace. This view is clearly demonstrated by the M8 marketing department on naharnet they feel compelled to go on the defensive everytime he opens his hole as they surely know he makes little sense and are not convinced entirerly.