Kataeb Leader Reveals Sami Gemayel Met Hariri, Considers Presidential Elections 'National Responsibility'

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Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel revealed on Monday that MP Sami Gemayel held talks with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri in the French capital Paris, urging officials to reach a breakthrough over the presidential elections dispute.

“Hariri is keen to safeguard the state institutions and the role played by the Christians in the country,” Gemayel told reporters from Bkirki after holding talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

Later, Hariri's adviser Nader Hariri arrived in Bkirki for talks with al-Rahi.

“The presidential elections are a national responsibility,” Gemayel said.

He remarked that the meeting with the Patriarch focused on his recent talks with the various political arch-foes concerning the presidential bid.

He described the meetings as important and should lead to a breakthrough.

The Christian leader warned that “any presidential vacuum will have dangerous repercussions on the future of the country and its institutions.”

“Al-Rahi and I agreed on rejecting any vacuum” at the helm of the country's highest Christian post, Gemayel continued.

He urged the rival parties to exert efforts to facilitate electing a new president, noting that “the country witnessed stability after the formation of the new government.”

“But it will all collapse if we didn't act responsibly,” the official added.

Gemayel has met with several leaders in the country in the past week as part of his initiative to resolve the presidential deadlock.

He has held talks so far with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, Marada movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

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.

“We are seeking to reach common grounds between the rival parties,” Gemayel said.

He told reporters that “the Kataeb party aims at resolving the crisis without having any hidden intentions.”

Gemayel also considered the parliamentary lack of quorum “unconstitutional.”

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.



Comments 18
Thumb -phoenix1 12 May 2014, 14:18

Instead of these old faces sitting down next to His Eminence and talking about things they've never been able to solve, the time has now come to see the new faces who are certain to provide real solutions, instead of these bush dancers. Time for change.

Missing coolmec 12 May 2014, 15:45

right on Phoenix
I totally agree with you. How can these corrupt leaders who took us to war and currently leading us in misery, save the country. It is time for the new blood to take over and open a new and better chapter for the country. With due respect no need to even talk to Rahi. politics is none of his business he should stick to religion

Thumb cedre 12 May 2014, 16:39

Sami President ! He'll give back hope to Lebanon and Lebanese people...

Thumb -phoenix1 12 May 2014, 17:27

Cedre, Sami is a good choice. When the Syrian occupier was in Lebanon, Sami stood with us, faced the baton charges, the tear gas, the water canons and all, in fact, he was with us, in the front line, never in the second line. I also remember, we had the Aounis too with us, who took the harsh treatment of the ISF, the Syrian and Lebanese Moukhabarat, but when their old man came back, he blew their brains apart, even them don't recognize themselves anymore. Sami is good, that's for sure.

Thumb cedre 12 May 2014, 17:31

what pretext could iranians/hizbos use to refuse him ?
Too young ? Too lebanese ? Wrong surname ?

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 18:14

but you don't speak arabic roar to understand his speeches or does google translate to you the ummmmmmm too?

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 18:57

my point is you are a fake and everything you post is fake. Sami now speaks in english huh? Someone claims he is australian spends his life on a lebanese website is very believable. you get my point?

Thumb -phoenix1 12 May 2014, 19:38

Roar, ya habibi, ya khaye, again you are accusing a man without a hint or an iota of a proof. How can Sami Gemayel be a tool, how? In whose hands would Sami be a tool? If you assert that Sami is a tool, then what would that make of old man Aoun? Sami Gemayel for all I know is like all the Gemayels, loyal to his country and no one else. maybe old man Amin loved money to the point where he ruined his reputation, but did he ever sell his country? I suggest that before accusing so randomly, at least provide us with proofs. Samis is good for the country and offers what none of the oligarchs have to offer, let's give his generation the chance to serve the nation. The old guard is finished, over and done with.

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 21:48

Snore you are constantly spinning your comments... a tool in English terminology is an implement held in someones hand. When you say someone is a tool it means only one thing no matter how you try to twisted when some one calls you on it... man up.

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 22:28

Sure thing Mr_Snore... calling someone a tool is defined as "your not very bright" in every dictionary on the planet. It goes without saying that when any of us use the word "Tool" in reference to a politician we mean "not very bright"... Take of the lions custom windbag before you suffocate that little brain of yours.

Thumb cedre 13 May 2014, 04:44

rory, english is my fourth language, i speak arabic even if i'm born in Europe. How many languagues can u speak ?
The day u'll read arabic and have studied al-ajroumiya mutun, then come back to me...

Thumb zahle1 12 May 2014, 19:21

I don't buy this ex-communication stuff. They are not doing anything that is against the church that deserves this. Although I think it is interesting how he has flip flopped, I truly believe that Aoun does want what is best for Christians. He just thinks the best path is peace with HA and Syria/Iran vs peace with Mustaqbal and KSA. I am not sure if there is a right or wrong answer. I have no issue with Sami. I would support Sami over Geagea.

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 22:12

Sami Gemayel, would be a good candidate for President... he stands up for Lebanon, speaks his mind and does not have all the Civil war baggage. Unfortunately he is not fluent in Persian, does not consider Lebanon one of Syria's districts or Iran's southern defense line, so it would be very hard for Hizbullah to accept.

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 22:34

NEXT... you surely are Naharnet's chief Blowhard, do you take a bow in front of the mirror after every comment :-))))

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 22:37

Bassil Aoun's bagman is totally corrupt, I agree with you 1000% on this!

Thumb 9to5 12 May 2014, 22:51

she works hard for the money, good union too - two hours break

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Thumb cedre 13 May 2014, 04:40

thats a good job they have, state funded trolls.
I heard iran has an army of goons posting in different languages. Same in Syria, bashar hired tartous students in his electronic army...

Thumb zahle1 13 May 2014, 13:37

I'm done posting here. I gave never insulted anyone or called them names. However my posts keep getting deleted without cause.