Officials: 'No Progress' in 'Serious' Mustaqbal-FPM Talks on Presidency

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Talks between al-Mustaqbal movement and the Free Patriotic Movement have not stopped, a high-ranking official said despite a claim made by al-Mustaqbal MP Assem Araji that the meetings are not leading anywhere.

The official, who is a member of ex-PM Saad Hariri's al-Mustaqbal movement, told As Safir newspaper published on Friday that contacts between the two sides “are serious and ongoing.”

They “haven't stopped,” he said, while stressing that the talks aimed at resolving the presidential deadlock would not come at the expense of Hariri's March 14 coalition allies.

The official told As Safir that Hariri informed Free Patriotic Movement officials Ministers Jebran Bassil and Elias Bou Saab during their last meeting in Paris that he would not engage in a “bone-breaking battle” with the FPM over the presidential crisis.

The FPM chief, MP Michel Aoun, has been seeking the seal of approval from the country's major parties and mainly al-Mustaqbal, which leads the March 14 camp, to run for the presidency.

He has so far refused to announce his candidacy, claiming there should be a political compromise first.

His Change and Reform bloc, in addition to the majority of the March 8 alliance's lawmakers, have boycotted several rounds of parliamentary sessions aimed at electing a new head of state.

The resulting lack of quorum left a vacuum at Baabda Palace after the expiry of Michel Suleiman's six-year term on May 25.

The talks between the FPM and al-Mustaqbal, which has backed the candidacy of Aoun's rival Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, are aimed at resolving the matter.

But MP Araji told al-Liwaa newspaper that contacts between the two parties have made “no progress.”

He accused the FPM of “holding onto strategic issues, mainly its alliance with Hizbullah.”



Comments 7
Default-user-icon Michel Liaw (Guest) 06 June 2014, 10:46

plz plz plz make me

Missing un520 06 June 2014, 11:08

strangely enough I dont think that Aoun will be a stooge for Iran or for Hezbollah. Having achieved his goal in life which is the highest (christian) political position in Lebanon, and considering that he has a limited time left on this earth, I think that he would be concerned with doing whats best for Lebanon and for his own reputation.
Aoun has showed previously that he is not afraid of choosing his own path. I personally believe that Hariri is not risking much letting Aoun sit as president for what well might be less than a presidental term. In fact he might surprise in a positive way.

Thumb geha 06 June 2014, 11:40

with such a lunatic, who knows what he will do :)
if he changes course, hizbushaitan will kill him, although I do not see any reason for him to do so: he has constantly been on the side of destroying the Lebanese state.

Thumb FlameCatcher 06 June 2014, 12:35

No progress ? No wonder !

When there is no will to find a consensual candidate other than the unconsensual candidate Aoun, there can be no progress at all !

Thumb lebpatriot2323 06 June 2014, 15:39

Not sure why we need the consensus of a borderline Takfiri group but oh well. Let's wait and see what happens.

Thumb lebpatriot2323 06 June 2014, 22:14

Lol@iceman aka RFT Flea, aka Kate the blow up doll from America, aka, oral fistula, but truly the GIMP.

Hahaha why did you ask this post to be deleted iceman.

Missing peace 06 June 2014, 16:23

lol FPMers here keep saying that hariri is finished but it seems FPM cannot do a thing without them! what a farce!