Hizbullah Says March 14 'Provocative' Candidate a Recipe for Presidential Vacuum

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Hizbullah on Sunday stressed that the country's new president must be “in harmony with the resistance,” accusing the March 14 camp of seeking presidential vacuum through fielding a “provocative” candidate.

“We insist on and cling to a president who would be entrusted with the national principles, interests and achievements, contrary to the March 14 camp, which is awaiting a chance to turn against the domestic political equations,” deputy head of Hizbullah's executive council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq said at a memorial service in the southern town of Kafra.

“March 14's insistence on a provocative candidate is a presidential vacuum decision,” Qaouq added.

He said the rival camp has concerns that withdrawing support for its nominee, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, could lead to the collapse of the political coalition.

“Should they pull out their provocative candidate, they would be opening the door for an agreement over a president who would be entrusted with the national principles,” Qaouq went on to say.

He described the presidential election as a “historic national responsibility,” calling for choosing a “strong president.”

“This stance is not subject to bargaining and it is not aimed at provocation or at seeking offers,” Qaouq underlined.

Meanwhile, MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi of Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance bloc noted that any presidential candidate must be able to “unify the Lebanese.”

He pointed out that Geagea's “mere nomination is a reason for their division and for undermining national unity.”

“Any presidential candidate must mention in his presidential program a plan to liberate the Lebanese territories that are still under occupation,” Moussawi said.

They must also explain their plan to “preserve Lebanon's natural resources” and their strategy to “defend Lebanon in the face of Israeli aggression and threats,” the lawmaker added.

Accordingly, Moussawi emphasized that “it is normal for any presidential nominee to be in harmony with the resistance, without which it would have been impossible to liberate the land and the people.”

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 a vacuum in the country's top post.

The 128-member parliament held a presidential election session 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.


Comments 39
Thumb popeye 11 May 2014, 16:53

Any presidential candidate must mention in his presidential program a plan to liberate the Lebanese territories that are still under occupation,” Moussawi said.

TThe sectarian terror party keeps singing the same old tune. What is their plan for liberating the so called occupied territories. In reality they don't have a plan because there is no occupied territory and they know it. The only occupied territory is lebanon by a sectarian armed militia.

How about you and your sectarian extremist milia being in harmony with the lebanese people who reject your total illegal existence.

Default-user-icon nobody (Guest) 11 May 2014, 19:03

@southern: Is sayyed Ali Al Amin also a fake jnoubi?

Thumb general_puppet 11 May 2014, 19:28

ya Southern, ya Hizbo propagandist. Here is your Lebanese Resistance... Iranian Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said that "Iran’s line of defense now lies in South Lebanon."

Default-user-icon ISRAEL (Guest) 11 May 2014, 20:24

I love israel...... cant wait till they decide that it is time to end this sharade and farce of a resistance...
is this provocative enough for you?
ok ok... i'll behave a bit and ask isnt berri a provocative speaker?

Missing cedars 12 May 2014, 04:15

If Syria is so brotherly to the HA Resistance, then where is the Syrian Resistance to free the Golan? Why Assad does not have besides his Army a Resistance to free the Golan Heights? Qaouq Keep Lying on the Shi3a that you care so much about Lebanon, the fact of that matter you need to disarm your militia and GeaGea is the only one to do it nicely or forcefully because you only understand the car bomb assassinations way when it comes to negotiation.

Missing forces 12 May 2014, 05:36

Hizbullah on Sunday stressed that the country's new president must be “in harmony with the resistance,”

Enough said.. roughly translated we have no intention of ever handing over our weapons and we are the only authority of the land and any president must " be in harmony" with us because we consider ourselves above the law. Any truly strong leader such as Geagea would be to the detriment to our " holier than thou" position and threatens to expose our monopoly as if it wasn't clear to everyone as yet. We are also closet environmentalists who love the greenery a lot and prefer some one to build us a park rather than call us out on our many wrong doings.

Missing forces 12 May 2014, 05:48

I have read this post many times and every time i read it I see more language of them saying to lebanon get stuffed we are the only ones that matter and you must pamper to our needs. LF handed in their weapons at an arguably more dangerous juncture than we are faced with today to pursue diplomatic means as Geagea rightly identified that a militia and a political party cannot coexist. So my question to M8 is given the above have you ever asked yourself why HA finds it so difficult in a time of relative peace to do the same? Sure Palestine Gotland Israel etc etc however all these excuses/reasons require diplomatic efforts not military ones. Also we have now added terrorism oil and gas rights and multiple new causes to justify their existence again all require diplomatic attention not military intervention. These points are not new and are as clear as day yet M8 sheep only live to justify these excuses rather than demonstrate independent thought process.

Missing forces 12 May 2014, 08:12

Wow apologies for the multiple posts not sure what happened

Thumb zahle1 11 May 2014, 17:14

For my friends in the south; are there truly territories in the south like the shebaa farms that are truly occupied and the villagers considered Lebanese nationality. I know they do divert water from the litani.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 May 2014, 17:16

everything said above is spot on. However, Aoun is the one who gave HA coverage and some legitimacy. He weakened the presidency for his own selfish reasons and divided the Christians first and the Lebanese. In my opinion the blame lies first on Aoun for allowing HA to dominate the lebanese political scene.

Thumb Tony.Farris 11 May 2014, 19:45

@Eagle, southern already lives in Dearborn, USA

Thumb Mazen 11 May 2014, 20:15

ميشال عون مشكلة، فلأنه حالة إسرائيلية صدامية وتدميرية ولا يرى إلا مصالحه الشخصية ومصالح طائفته. فهو النهج الماروني العنصري في الشرقية

حسن نصرالله - النهار 6/11/1989

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 05:21

سفير النظام السوري يشيد بتاريخ عون
وأشار إلى ان رئيس تكتل “التغيير والاصلاح” العماد “ميشال عون رجل له تاريخه ووطنيته وقراءته وفيه مواصفات نراها جديرة في التقدير”, مضيفاً “نتمنى وصول الأكفأ والأكثر حفاظاً على المقاومة إلى الرئاسة”.

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 05:22

مقاتلو “حزب الله” اللبناني يشاركون في محاولات اقتحام الفلوجة

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 05:38

إن مراقبين لفتهم ان المقاتلين الألفين الذين صمدوا في حمص اكثر من 24 شهراً كلهم سوريون ولم يكن بينهم اي اجنبي.

Missing people-power 11 May 2014, 21:48

Taqiyathrower.... you are a joke. You hurl accusations against Geagea, whom your lover Aoun says is innocent of the trumped up crimes he was charged under Syrian occupation. What is your proof against Geagea?

You have the nerve to say there is no proof against HA? I am not an investigator, why would I have the proof? Idiot. The STL has sufficient evidence to indict HA members in the murder of Hariri. They also stated that they have evidence against the HA indictees for the murder of Hawi, and attempted murders of Hamadeh, Murr, and Chidiac. If you want to see the evidence, you will have to address the STL.

Another fellow HA member is indicted in the attempted Harb murder. Why would I have the proof of this? I know enough that HA was indicted for involvement. You will have to wait for the trials to see the proof, but since HA are all saints who can't be arrested, maybe there will never be a trial.

Thumb zahle1 11 May 2014, 22:04

There is no doubt that Israel did not kill the majority of those people above. HA no doubt was involved in most of those if not all. However, it does to mean Geagea is clean or that Geagea was a good choice.

Thumb zahle1 11 May 2014, 22:07

Things are actually working really well in Texas. It has the best economy in the US and many businesses are moving there and so are the jobs. Did I mention the cost of living is great too?

Thumb cedre 11 May 2014, 23:12

good post mehdi. Soon enough the khomeynists here will start calling u a zionist/takfiri...

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 May 2014, 00:55

Hezbollah, the recipe for presidential vacuum is you and your allies failing to present a candidate and the boycott of the sessions.

We all know you don't want a president to come up before guaranteeing the butcher bashar is elected.

We also know you will only impose a candidate which you can control in order for the great republic of Iran to strenghten is FRONT LINE with Israel !

You have lost the right to comment on Lebanese politics. You have lost all respect. You are traitors and your leaders will be hanged for high treason !

Missing ghassen 12 May 2014, 02:25

What a disgusting video. Shiites have gone nuts. It seems that their ayadollars have announced that the appearance of their mahdi (anti-christ) is near, this is why they have gotten so open with their hatred. It was always there of course but lately they have turned off their taqiya more often than usual. Where are the shiites to condemn this? Where is nasroshaytan to punish his filthy terrorists? I used to defend the shiites when people accused them of being like the scumbags in the video, how naive and STUPID, i was.

Thumb freedomarch 12 May 2014, 03:40

I am sure there is an persian rug waiting for him to depart....

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 04:28

" that's why it's only a matter of time before texas secedes."
It is impossible some people are so ignorant !

Thumb cedre 12 May 2014, 05:29

those are khomeynists, not normal shias...

Missing dan101 12 May 2014, 05:46

@ORIO you're not

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 06:19

josephani resurrected lol

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 07:43

the key is they never post simultaneously, just ask mowaten or crusher or cityboy, etc....

Thumb liberty 12 May 2014, 06:21

he does not need to, he lives in the dark.

Thumb Tony.Farris 12 May 2014, 06:33

I tell why they oppose, ASSad wants to control Lebanon at any cost, and it's his agenda to annex Lebanon and declare an Alawite state, and let the rest of Syria go to the Syrian who oppose him...

Missing politik_buro 12 May 2014, 08:46

Again Tony, these might all be valid and reasonable fears , they might be true and they might not, although I don't see how that can be done, what do you think an M8 president can simply sign a decree and give the country to Assad? I mean the president barely has power his own palace!!

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 07:45

Amazing how naharnet keeps creatures like flamethrower posting his sectarian hate and derogatory remarks...

Missing people-power 12 May 2014, 08:16

Perfect example of taqiya.....

"I'm not a fan of Hezbollah, BUT....."

Don't forget the BUT!

Missing people-power 12 May 2014, 08:28

Let's not forget that Pierre Gemayel would have been the primary candidate for Presidency for M14.

He was murdered in order to eliminate his chances of becoming a pro-M14 president. Guess who was the prime beneficiary of Pierre's murder? Not only Hezbollah, but also the deserter ex-general, who had his own sights on the chair.

Missing politik_buro 12 May 2014, 09:03

But that's neither here or there my friend. I mean at least can we agree that whether we like it or not Shiaas are Lebanese, and a big part as well according to statistics, and Samir Geagea, wether I worship the man or not, is a divisive figure, even amongst Christians to say the least. So you are starting a presidency that is weak and doomed to fail. I truly believe in the democratic process but the situation on the ground does demand a president that is not divisive. By creating a vacuum you are only strengthening any party that does not want the state to function properly, whoever that party is.

Missing politik_buro 12 May 2014, 08:40

Why use the stupid word buddy? Where have I insulted your opinion or disliked any of your comments? I'm sorry if I might have missed any answer, it must have been an oversight, but I genuinely have not seen any. As for the question being judged as stupid, is that not the same as disliking the answer? Have some manners anonymetexasusa and don't declare yourself as judge and jury of somebody's question.

Missing politik_buro 12 May 2014, 08:43

I understand that, but my question is what is it that you think the president can do to prevent this scenario?

Missing politik_buro 12 May 2014, 09:17

anonymetexasusa it is a valid question in my humble opinion since the whole of Lebanese politics at this time is revolving around the presidency, and if the question is annoying you please take into consideration my simple mind and do me a favor here and copy and paste your and anybody's answer. If not, please ignore it since I'm quite certain you have more important things to do than worry about a stupid question. This is not a provocative reply, I simply don't know what else to say on this forum that does not insult somebody for some reason that I can not fathom. Have a nice day man, and relax, it's not worth it.

Thumb beiruti 12 May 2014, 16:30

Qaouq, when Lebanon can dictate to Hezbollah who its leader should be, then you can have a say in who Lebanon's President should be.
If only it were this simple. The reality is that Hezbollah is a power on the ground in Lebanon by virtue of its captivity of the Shia voice and its cross confessional alliance with the FPM. So yes, they have a say. But Hezbollah does not hold a majority, it has a share about as large as the Mustaqbel/LF share of Parliamentary votes with Jumblatts PSP holding the balance of power with regard to this election.

Thumb beiruti 12 May 2014, 17:55

In the political game of finding a way to make Jumblatt fall one way or the other, Aoun is stymied as is Geagea by keeping matters local, that is why, unless they both agree to one candidate, they will go regional to get regional backing to push one or the other, but I do not think that the regional players are as keen to the competition as are the locals, so the thing could go to void which serves the regional competition of Sunni v. Shia in which both Geagea and Aoun and all of Lebanon is the loser.
Qaouq can blame M14 and Geagea all he wants, but the truth is that he is doing the same by backing Aoun, but Hezbollah is worse. Whereas Geagea will step aside for a more acceptable candidate, Aoun will not. He insists on his "provocative" candidacy no matter the consequence to Lebanon.