FPM MPs to Miss Wednesday's 'Folkloric' Parliamentary Session

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The Change and Reform bloc on Tuesday hinted that the Free Patriotic Movement MPs will not attend the parliamentary session dedicated for electing a new president on Wednesday.

"We do not believe in vacuum (in the presidency), and it is not in our considerations,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting.

"But we are also against folkloric parliamentary sessions,” he added.

Kanaan said the bloc wants a president who is “strong in their community, but who is also capable of uniting the Lebanese people.”

"It is our duty to preserve this choice,” he stated.

The second round of presidential elections is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, after MPs failed last week to elect a new head of state as no candidate was able to garner the needed two-thirds of votes.

On the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's summons of two Lebanese journalists, Kanaan said the FPM has always supported press freedom.

"We regret attacks against freedom of the press, and this is our stance regardless of which media institution is involved,” he said.

The STL announced on Thursday that it has summoned al-Akhbar newspaper's Ibrahim al-Amin and al-Jadeed television's Karma al-Khayat on charges of “content and obstruction of justice.”

The accused may choose whether to appear at the court in person or by video-link. The initial appearances of the accused are scheduled for May 13, 2014.

In a separate matter, Kanaan said that issuing the new wage scale is a “right,” but noted that the economy and social security should be taken into consideration.

"This issue must be not about ignoring these rights, but should be dealt with according to rights, potentials, and reforms,” he explained.

"It is a matter that concerns the safety of the state and its institutions,” he said. “We hope we will reach the positive outcome we desire.”



Comments 44
Thumb cedre 29 April 2014, 17:40

christians destroying themselves, how pathetic...

Thumb ibinherathreik 29 April 2014, 18:31

"We regret attacks against freedom of the press, and this is our stance regardless of which media institution is involved,” he said

What attack? Everyone is in favor of freedom of expression and the press but not when you violate the law! You seem to forget that you are allied with terrorists who tried to bomb al jadeed tv. Hello freedom of press!

Thumb ibinherathreik 29 April 2014, 18:32

In a separate matter, Kanaan said that issuing the new wage scale is a “right,” but noted that the economy and social security should be taken into consideration.

Then why did your cabinet approve it?

Thumb ibinherathreik 29 April 2014, 18:34

More and more proof that aoun's dementia is getting worse hence why he keeps getting blocked from speaking...

Thumb cedre 29 April 2014, 17:45

has been a loser and a beggar all his life...

Missing forces 30 April 2014, 07:24

He is a loser and a begger. I thought cedre was stating facts. Hope he has brushed his teeth though.

Thumb ex-fpm 29 April 2014, 17:50

The FPM should answer to their fan base and to the Patriarch regarding their blatant obstruction of the presidential elections. What happened to their support of the Bkirki pact that none seems to be talking about anymore! How can they get away with their lies and deceit is beyond me..

Default-user-icon carlosthejackel (Guest) 29 April 2014, 17:54

history will remember how Aoun and his followers destroyed Christianity and partership in Lebanon. pity the nation that we have fellow citizens that create and follow such false leaders... sad sad indeed...

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 17:54

you beat me to it

Thumb ex-fpm 29 April 2014, 18:08

A shia cannot talk about what the christians want.

Thumb cedre 29 April 2014, 18:15

rory, go collect ur newstart allowance and shut up please...

Thumb cedre 29 April 2014, 18:31

Loser, I dont live in Australia...
Speaking about 23 kids : http://youtu.be/02X00GTikMU

Thumb cedre 29 April 2014, 22:20

Rory, i dont live in the shithole called Australia.
I could if I wanted to, but for me, Europe is far better than Canada, US or Australia. My humble opinion.

Default-user-icon OldHand (Guest) 29 April 2014, 18:08

These sessions are folkloric because you Kanaan and those like you are not doing their job.

STFU, go there on the date, sit down , and vote for whomever you want, but vote you buffoon.

Default-user-icon simon (Guest) 29 April 2014, 18:08

The Christians Destroyed Lebanon and Now destroying themselves... What a pathetic situation.... All their Villas, Palaces, wonder where the money came from..

Default-user-icon Gabriella (Guest) 29 April 2014, 18:20


Thumb FlameCatcher 29 April 2014, 18:22

First of all, he's not a General, he's a ex General who defected from the army.

The "General" is General Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iranian Shiite Islamic Army in Lebanon.

And Christians are not rag dolls for anyone, especially not for Hezbollah.

So have your ex-General show up in parliament and vote blank. And if he's not happy with the constitution (NO ONE IS), then parliament is the place to make changes !

Thumb FlameCatcher 29 April 2014, 18:25

Get a brain and maybe you will be able to reply !

Thumb FlameCatcher 29 April 2014, 18:24

It's funny how the people backing the murderers of Gebran Tueni, Samir Kassir and May Chidiac are complaining about these scum journalists!

It's also funny that those same people attacked media organisation when they turned their "resistance" weapons against lebanese and invaded beirut !

Thumb ex-fpm 29 April 2014, 18:29

A shia cannot talk about LAF when they undermine the LAF on a daily basis.

Thumb ex-fpm 29 April 2014, 18:41

I think you will not see him anytime soon:)

1 hour ago MTV: One of the most wanted drug dealers in Lebanon, known as Nice Guy, was arrested in Faraya.

Thumb ex-fpm 29 April 2014, 18:49

"We reiterate our support for Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in the presidential race, and we call on Aoun to convince Christians of his candidacy, before trying to convince Muslims.”

Default-user-icon Enough (Guest) 29 April 2014, 19:26

The way the government is in Lebanon, the way the idiots post on here, seriously SERIOUSLY makes me wish I weren't Lebanese.

Come ON! OPEN YOUR EYES! Stop being blinded by politics! Stop the sectarianism! Stop the idiocy of Shiaa and Sunna and Christian! We're all human beings! We're all brothers and sisters! We all worship one and only one God! You guys think that this is fun? That it's "Ha ha no Geagea no Aoun!"? Lebanon's going to suffer because of all this. The Lebanese people as a whole and individually will suffer because of this and all you dimwits can do is sit and blab about your sectarian crap and your insults to one another?

It's not only the politicians that keep making Lebanon go back years and years. It's you, the posters, the people of this sad country.

These aren't elections for a class representative that will only take attendance. These aren't elections for a supervisor. These are presidential elections. With that comes the responsibility of this country.

Missing forces 29 April 2014, 19:36

Run to post. ??? Read your above posts you gronk and let me know when they make sense your kind that spit insults out of pure hate are not welcome here . Btw it is 3:00 am in Australia you obviously are on a government hand out get a life fool.

Missing forces 29 April 2014, 19:59

Wow should I be insulted I don't know her personally. But yes apparently there is a line up down the champes élysées headed by aoun Bassel someone in military uniform and a plump guy with glasses but to be fair ibrahim is not plump I think the camera makes him look that way.

Missing coolmec 29 April 2014, 20:05

I fully agree with you. Unfortunately the country is sinking and the Lebanese are paying a heavy price

Missing coolmec 29 April 2014, 20:08

with due respect I personally blame ALL politicians for the dire situation Lebanon is facing. be it M8 or M14 or whoever. it is so sad for me to see the country turning into the joke of the world. We glamor by saying we are a democracy.. are we? we are the joke of the democratic world thanks to our corrupt leaders

Thumb EagleDawn 29 April 2014, 20:36

lol, yes flamethrower. That is why Omar Karami offered Geagea a ministerial post in 1991 as a reward ya zaki.

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 20:44

I agree M11er

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 20:34

I hear you M11er. In reality, I don't think it makes a difference whether a president is elected or not. The sad reality is that lebanon never was a true nation and never will. It was always a banana republic. We are a bunch of loosers, delusionals, superficial, with tribal mentality, fake einsteins and with no sense of direction.

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 20:41

I said I don't think it makes a difference whether a president is elected or not"
What I meant is that HA is in full control. And their plan for lebanon is very clear. Wylayet al fakih.

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 20:55

I agree with on all points except that lebanon is converging towards a unified nation. It was the sunnis and druze before, it is the shi3a and half the maronites now.

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 20:58

100 years?? Oh man can't wait that long. Lol

Missing -samy 29 April 2014, 21:04

I can not argue with that. If it happens I will be a very happy man.
But I like your analysis in general.

Thumb FlameCatcher 29 April 2014, 23:26

Not my Geagea ... and Aoun is a traitor not only to Lebanon but to himself and his original followers

Default-user-icon Amir (Guest) 30 April 2014, 00:05

Waw, look at the number of debaters and comments.
With folkloric stand like this claiming that the parliament session might be folkloric, as an elected member of the parliament, you should have the guts and resign .
Such members do not serve the communities in a serious democratic role.
Not only sad but arrogant and pathetic.

Thumb ibinherathreik 30 April 2014, 01:22

hajjra ya batal! excellent! lets hear roro aka flamer intayeh's reply to the youtube videos

Missing sergio 30 April 2014, 03:39

Ya wolf it is thanks to Geagea the Christians stayed alive & still alive where was your beloved general back then? Whether you like him or not it is thanks to him us Christians still have a voice in Lebanon not thanks to your general clown.

Missing forces 30 April 2014, 07:20

@wolf habibi my comment was not deleted so it is there for all to see. It seems the M8 editorial dept has reproduced this with certain ommissions. A typical al manar recollection of events. However I am pleased to see you and your like find humor in a childish comment bravo ya zgir now go play outside. Signed forces.

Missing forces 30 April 2014, 07:29

Wolfy ya Wolfy your hands must be getting very tired indeed holding onto your well drilled brainwashed le General is holier than thou line for sooo long. You are in denial. Solution is to first admit you have a problem.

Missing forces 30 April 2014, 07:48

Not join Geagea and friends but wants consensus. Consensus between who Assad the mullahs Israel and the USA? Maybe Australia can send him a "thinking of you card" ? You are blabbering as usual roro. To fix your problem you must admit to having one.

Thumb -.@-wolf. 30 April 2014, 09:57

@forces, gees you sound like someone that has just finished rehab.....?
As a matter of fact, I think you have being in & out of rehab on more occasions ....according to your post that is ....very submissive of you ...good boy. Clap clap clap clap..yehhhh

Thumb -.@-wolf. 30 April 2014, 09:59

@forces, back to rehab.....? Already....?

Thumb thepatriot 30 April 2014, 11:09

Circus Roar? The only clAOUN we see here is the ex general...