Geagea Says Running against Vacuum, Ready to Open All War Filesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Saturday that his presidential program was based on the party's values without changing it to please anyone, announcing also that he is ready to “open all war files.”
"My nomination comes against the option of (presidential) vacuum which adopted by some factions,” Geagea said as he met with party officials in the French capital Paris.
"They are dragging Christians and the Lebanese into the unknown,” he stated.
Geagea continued: "We are not like other traditional parties, the LF is a life path. Even in the presidential elections, we proposed a political program to break the tradition and to push the vote forward.”
“This program is clear and did not try to please anyone, but was based on our beliefs,” he added.
"We believe in the democratic practice. The LF took the initiative to correct paths and put things in the right direction.”
The presidential candidate lamented “abusing the constitution in undemocratic and unethical ways through obstructing the elections and casting blank or 'black' votes.”
Geagea succeeded in the first round of votes at the parliament in gathering the support of 48 MPs, while 52 cast blank votes, 16 backed centrist MP Henri Helou, and one voted for Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel.
Meanwhile, several lawmakers wrote the names of people killed during the Lebanese Civil War between 1975 and 1990.
But quorum was not secured in the second, third and fourth rounds of votes, which prevented the election of a new head of state.
In a related matter, Geagea considered that “there is a machine working relentlessly to tarnish the image of the LF.”
"They keep referring to the days of the war, during which they were not innocents,” he noted.
He added: “A lot of what has been said are lies and defamation. We don't deny what happened in the war, and we dare to talk about that era and what happened then.”
"But they don't,” the Christian leader pointed out.
"We did not fight alone in the war, and if they wanted to open all files, let's open them all.”
Geagea embarked on an Arab and European tour on Friday that will reportedly include Saudi Arabia.
MTV reported he has so far met with al-Mustaqbal bloc head MP Fouad Siniora in the French capital.
"He also held talks with Arab and international officials, during which he discussed the situation in Lebanon and the regional crises' influence on it," it said.
The same source noted that MP Boutros Harb has also left Lebanon for Paris.
God Bless you Hakim. A true charismatic leader than transcends sects and social fabrics is fit to be the president.
Geagea's program is clear: Complete subservience to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Fal ya7kom al ikhwan!
wow for people that keep bringing up the past you guys sound very nervous now your dreams are being talked about as reality. Do you object to this happening? or do you support it? we all know how you feel personally about Geagea but what if aoun suggested this? would that have influenced your valueable as always feedback?
Hakim W' Bassssssssssssssssss
"Geagea Says Running against Vacuum"... what els can you expect, a vacuum is the only thing the militia & it's M8 underlings has to offer.
FT, I doubt the murderers of Akl Hamieh, Dr. Hassan Hamdan, Khalil Naous, Daoud Daoud, Mahmoud Fakih, Hassan Sbeiti, Souheil Tawileh, Hussein Mrouweh, Selim Yammout, Dr. Hikmat Al-Amin.. would agree with Geagea or with you.
The quote is attributed to Iranian IRGC Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi
in your face
finally someone like me who says screw both M8 and M14 as both are a bunch of corrupt leaders taking the country to the deep abyss. It is a shame that all we see on this site is mutual blame between both
pity the nation
On this point, Geagea is correct. There is a liberation that comes when the wrongdoer has been tried and convicted and has served the punishment established by the society for the wrong that was committed and adjudicated. Once this has been done, the accused can speak freely of what has happened because he has already paid the price.
Can this be said of Berri? of Geagea? of Frangieh? or even of Aoun? he too was charged and as a condition of his return to Lebanon in 2005 the indictment was dropped. They all have the dark cloud of the Militia War and their crimes in it that have gone unpunished. They are not free of the war as is Geagea.
On this point, he is quite correct and quite unique in Lebanon. Others such as Hobeika paid with his life.
Of course I did not mean to include Geagea in the crowd who have not yet paid the price for their offenses in the war. My mistake. Sorry
What is geagea going to tell us ?
Aoun or HizbIran connivence with Israel ? We all know about it already...
"Apologizing" for massacring thousands in cold blood will not bring back those he murdered back to life.
geagea at least has the merit of making those M8 syrian collaborators mad and crazy each time he speaks!