Report: Hariri, Aoun Dialogue to Resolve Presidential Impasse

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An agreement between al-Mustaqbal and the Free Patriotic Movement is reportedly the solution to the controversial presidential deadlock.

According to As Safir newspaper, consultations between the two parties didn't reach any positive results as al-Mustaqbal chief Saad Hariri hasn't yet “openly” agreed to support FPM leader Michel Aoun's candidacy to the presidency.

Parliamentary sources told the daily that the “dialogue between the FPM and al-Mustaqbal is ongoing but will not last forever.”

“May 25 is a critical stage and Hariri has to make up his mind” concerning Aoun's candidacy for the presidential post.

The sources said that “the FPM facilitated the formation of the cabinet, the ministerial statement, the appointments of civil servants in state institutions and the implementation of the security plan... These achievements are worth to taking into consideration.”

Sources close to the March 8 alliance told As Safir that “Aoun will not waiver his right to reach the presidency.”

“Those who are waiting for him to engage in settlements after vacuum occurs will have to wait for a long time.”

Al-Mustaqbal sources described in remarks to al-Akhbar newspaper the ongoing consultations with Aoun as “very important.”

“Hariri was convinced at a certain stage that electing Aoun as the head of state will have a good impact on stability in the country.”

However, the sources continue: “Things are not clear yet... And Saudi Arabia rejects the adoption of Aoun's candidacy.”

“Hariri's agreement with Aoun has negative and positive aspects as it would detach the agreement between Aoun and Hizbullah, prevent (Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid) Jumblat from playing (the balancing role at the parliament) and maintain stability in the country.”

“But the agreement would impact the March 14 coalition, in addition to the alliance between al-Mustaqbal and the Lebanese Forces that will both collapse,” the sources added, noting that “Hariri prefers to preserve his current alliances at this stage.”

Parliament has so far failed to elect a new president over differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances.

Most of the March 8 camp's MPs have boycotted four rounds of elections over their call for an agreement on a consensual president.



Comments 27
Thumb cedre 22 May 2014, 08:56

assafir, syro-iranian mouthpiece...

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 09:23

"Hariri hasn't yet “openly” agreed to support FPM leader Michel Aoun's candidacy to the presidency"... their source is the Roar.

Thumb popeye 22 May 2014, 09:32

but Aoun has to buy Hariri a return ticket and cancel the one way ticket he once issued.:)

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 10:22

It is amazing how the old Lunatic Aoun has gone from accusing Hariri of being a thief to praising Hariri as a pillar of Lebanon. That is almost as a big a flip-flop as when Aoun went from calling Hizbullah a terrorist organization to calling them a Resistance.

Default-user-icon Truth_hurts (Guest) 22 May 2014, 10:04

GMA at 80 years old is till a spring chicken ! isn't it?

As if Lebanon needed a senile head of state suffering from dementia...and narcissism as well...

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 10:07

popular vote is the solution to curb outside interferences and sterile political debate of Lebanese parties
and no one can say that the president elect is Iranian , saoudi , American ,....
he will be made by the people of Lebanon and he will be 100 % Lebanese
god bless democracy

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 11:58

popular vote for the presidency is the best way to curb outside interferences and sterile political parties debate and it will be 100 % made in Lebanon
god bless democracy

Thumb -phoenix1 22 May 2014, 12:36

(1). The day of infamy that Saad Al Hariri makes a deal with Michel Aoun will be the day when Samir Geagea must immediately pull out of the M14 coalition and take the Lebanese Forces out of it altogether. I am one who very much hopes that Hariri will know better than bind himself once again with an entity that has betrayed Lebanon way too many times. He Hariri has had his fingers burnt badly by his silly mistakes of twice compromising with Hezbollah and the M8 it commands, if this time he repeats that kind of mistake with Aoun, then Hariri would have proven to everyone that he is one more blatant opportunist who simply has found his other arriviste half, Michel Aoun. Hariri would have also shown that now he represents very few but his personal interests.

Thumb cedre 22 May 2014, 12:51

personal interests ? tell us what interests he has in lebanon...

Thumb cedre 22 May 2014, 13:16

that's his interests ? being PM ? why would a bilionnaire risk his life to be PM of a banana republic under iranian control ?
Saad doesnt need or want to be PM, he'll do it if he feels he has to... Same for most m14 members, they risk their life for their country, they could be living in florida, cote d'azur or dubai...

Btw nobody is giving saad the PM place, he has almost all sunni vote + he's heading party with most MPs...

Thumb -phoenix1 22 May 2014, 17:29

Cedre with all my respect for you, it took you a while to understand that our next president could well be another Syrian lackey, and you still ask me that question about what interests?

Thumb -phoenix1 22 May 2014, 12:36

(2). M14 stood on its feet because of parties like the LF and the Kataeb, M14 still stands because of the Christian participation, if Hariri betrays that part of Lebanon that wants to remain free of bondage, then M14 will fall apart like a house of cards, together with the part of Free Lebanon. Mr. Geagea, Mr. Gemayel, Mr. Chamoun, if Hariri stabs you in the back, then all of you leave M14 and stop speaking to this man. I hope that this is a rumor, but if it ever happens, then drop the man who learned little from his years as his father's successor.

Thumb cedre 22 May 2014, 13:19

christians were divided before HizbIran creation...
I dont even understand why kataeb and LF dont unite in one party...
Feudal mentality probably...

Thumb ex-fpm 22 May 2014, 13:23

it is so premature to start judging hariri based on ifs and buts and hypothetical scenarios. In all probability this will not happen.

Thumb cedre 22 May 2014, 13:31

aoun or not, our next president will be a syro-iranian lackey...
Iran controlling our army, parliament, etc...
Lebanon is kaput...

Thumb general_puppet 22 May 2014, 18:16

Flimflam, as we all know Aoun is the great divider, he will do anything for the elusive chair.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 22 May 2014, 12:58

popular vote for presidency is the only solution to curb outside interferences and sterile political debates between parties
and the elect president will be 100% made in Lebanon
maheik ya cedre

Default-user-icon stand and deliver (Guest) 22 May 2014, 13:07

Yeah right ft lol how dare naharnet publish assafir rubbish about rubbish m8 fpm source rubbish still pushing the rubbish surreal concept that hariri can even be considering voting for aoun. Aoun and entourage creating his own reality a bizzaro world in which up is down left is right black is white and aoun is the uniting consensus president, in the real world aoun managed to split the fpm.

Default-user-icon propaganda (Guest) 22 May 2014, 13:46

According to As Safir newspaper.

Missing helicopter 22 May 2014, 15:13

Sources close to the March 8 alliance told As Safir that “Aoun will not waiver his right to reach the presidency.”..........
His right to reach the presidency? His right to be Candidate YES, but right to be the next President CRAZY.

Thumb beiruti 22 May 2014, 15:20

“Aoun will not waiver his right to reach the presidency.” Ah, its his "right" now to become President. And we are all obstructing him! And its Hezbollah's right to engage in the Syrian War regardless of the policies of its host state, Lebanon. What of the rights of the Lebanese people? Aoun and Hezbollah deserve each other since both feel free to trample the Lebanese in pursuit of their own private agendas.

Thumb beiruti 22 May 2014, 15:23

Should Hariri go with Aoun, let us play out the scenario. This would cause a break of the Mustaqbel-LF alliance and a break of the FPM-Hezbollah MOU. Geagea would become isolated. Aoun will become dead. Hezbollah does not have former allies, they kill them all.
End result, the buffer that the Christian parties have given Lebanon between Sunni and Shia will have been diminished and Lebanon will have become more unstable and susceptible to the regional sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia.

Thumb beiruti 22 May 2014, 15:25

The split of the Christian parties between Sunni (Mustaqbel) and Shia (Hezbollah) has rendered the Christians weaker by division, but the division has probably ameliorated the Sunni-Shia sectarian conflict in Lebanon as both sides have been required to moderate their behavior toward each other so as not to alienate their Christian partners.
Hariri moving with Aoun would break the equilibrium and the stability of the current situation, even if a void is created in the Lebanese Presidency.

Thumb FlameCatcher 22 May 2014, 18:14

No wonder you M8 sheep are idiots. You're illiterate ! This is a report from As-Safir you moron. Nevertheless, you hang on to any FAILED opportunity to claim "propaganda" when all you do is show the world how full of BS you are !

FAIL from the greatest M8 mind FT ! You are EXPOSED for your attempts to lie !

Thumb Marc 22 May 2014, 19:03

Rumours have it that Aoun promised to take care of HA arms if elected Pres. in less than 2 years . . . .

Default-user-icon 109 (Guest) 22 May 2014, 19:18

and who would believe him after what he said on al manar yesterday

Thumb beiruti 22 May 2014, 19:46

or die trying?