Report: Mustaqbal, LF Say Hizbullah Seeking to Impose its Presidential Candidate or Vacuum

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The Mustaqbal Movement and Lebanese Forces held a meeting on Friday to discuss the latest developments linked to the presidential elections, agreeing that Hizbullah is adopting policies “that do not favor Lebanon's interests,” reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

It said that the meeting between Mustaqbal and LF officials, in the presence of an unnamed major political figure, concluded that Hizbullah is attempting to impose its candidate or vacuum in the presidency through the ongoing obstruction of quorum at parliament.

They said that the March 14 camp would be forced to ally itself with the candidate.

“Hizbullah is pushing Lebanon towards adopting policies that are greater than it,” said the gatherers without elaborating.

They agreed to counter the party's measures by committing to LF chief Samir Geagea's nomination and urging lawmakers and political blocs to take part in presidential elections session at parliament.

“Taking part in the elections is part of civil resistance,” stressed the Mustaqbal Movement and LF.

The ongoing disagreement between the March 8 and 14 camps is raising fears that they will fail to elect a president before May 25, resulting in vacuum in the country's top post.

One presidential elections session was held on April 23, but neither Geagea nor Democratic Gathering MP Henri Helou garnered the necessary 86 votes to emerge victorious.

Two other sessions were supposed to be held, but they failed over lack of quorum after a March 8 camp boycott over the ongoing disagreement over a candidate.

The fourth session is scheduled for May 15.


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Missing politik_buro 11 May 2014, 11:06

I am obviously missing something here. Can anyone please objectively explain to me why does HA fear any candidate and why does M14 fear any HA candidate? What is it exactly that everybody's afraid of? Is there a magic wand in baabda that we don't know of?

Thumb Chupachups 11 May 2014, 11:11

Just put forward your candidate and end this stupid game. Lol but it's because they want to guarantee that their candidate wins before they even vote

Thumb yerbamatti 11 May 2014, 13:47

Because Christians are divided, both Hizbullah and Mostaqbal are trying to take advantage and put hand on the highest political, (maybe) legislative, and foreign representative figure of the country. Its not a matter of fear from the other's candidate as much as it's an obsession of attaining personal control.

Missing politik_buro 11 May 2014, 11:16

Guys I appreciate your opinions, but what is it that both sides fear? Let's theoretically say that an M14 candidate wins, what does HA fear? And let's say HA candidate wins, what does M14 fear?

Missing theobserver 11 May 2014, 11:42

I agree, the president doesnt have any power now, it's all in the hand of the government. so dont know why everyone is making a big fuss of it ... of course that doesnt include the maronite candidates who always coveted this position historically !

Missing politik_buro 11 May 2014, 11:22

That does sound like a logical solution, only one drawback, people will still vote for figures and tribal affiliations, not for ideas and Lebanon. We always blame the leaders, not the idiots that put them there

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 11 May 2014, 11:41

only popular vote for presidency will stop outside and parties interference in the elections
only proportionality in parliamentary election will stop outside and money interference in the elections and gives the right size for every political bloc
both will go to the benefit of the people cause all candidates has to fullfill their promises to be elected again
god bless democracy

Thumb cedre 11 May 2014, 19:04

M14 should vote for Helou...

Thumb Kalzyturks 12 May 2014, 04:28

I think this is a good idea cadre, a centrist president is the best option

Thumb cedre 12 May 2014, 05:30

Helou is very close to m14, accepts baabda,etc...