Presidential Elections Postponed to May 13

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The presidential elections were postponed once again after parliament failed for the 22nd time to meet the required quorum to hold the polls.

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the elections to May 13.

MTV reported that 44 lawmakers were present at the session.

Lebanon has been without a president since May when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.

Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise presidential candidate have thwarted the polls.

The Loyalty to the Resistance bloc of Hizbullah and the Change and Reform bloc of Michel Aoun have been boycotting the elections.



Comments 6
Thumb canadianpaul 22 April 2015, 13:23

The constitution should eventually be changed to force people to come vote. Either quorum with whoever is there, whether 10 or 100 deputies. Or, strip a deputy of his credentials if he doesn't show up to elect a president.

That way, you get a president elected every time, and whoever wins, wins.

What a charade!

Missing phillipo 22 April 2015, 14:05

I have always said that I am in envy of countries like Belgium and Australia where voting is compulsory.

Thumb -phoenix1 22 April 2015, 14:16

If the Change and Deform Bloc plus Loyalty to Iran want Michel Aoun, then their wait will be forever. Even though the country now more than ever desperately needs a new president, but so long as M8 wants to impose a charlatan like Aoun the traitor, then it is best to block his very candidature. The M14 side has repeatedly agreed on a compromise candidate just to get the country out of this stranglehold of an impasse but M8 has consistently abused of this move. The truth is, there will be NO Michel Aoun and by default NO traitor, no rubber-stamper, no Clown, no Speedy Gonzales to take that seat. Either its a real human being or nothing.

Missing karim- 22 April 2015, 15:55

Postponed indefinitely..
18/04/1989 بري: لن نقبل برئيس ماروني بعد الآن
30/06/1989 حزب الله يعلن الولاء المطلق لآية الله السيد علي خامنئي
01/09/1989 حزب الله يعلن حرب مفتوحة مع الموارنة معتبرا حملة عون على سوريا هي حملة لابادة المسلمين
21/09/1989 حزب الله : نرفض رئيسا مارونيا ونرفض الذل تحت اسم التعايش مع النصارى
13/10/1989 حزب الله : سنمزق اتفاق الطائف
20/10/1989 بري: غير معنيين بالطائف والقبول به خيانة
12/11/1989 حزب الله: الطائف استسلام للمارونية السياسية واسرائيل

Missing karim- 22 April 2015, 15:57

18/04/1989 Berri: We will no longer accept a Maronite president
30/06/1989 Hezbollah declares absolute loyalty to the Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei
01/09/1989 Hezbollah declares open war on the Maronites calling Aoun's attacks on Syria a campaign to exterminate the Muslims
21/09/1989 Hezbollah: We reject the Maronite president and reject the humiliation in the name of coexistence with the Christians
13/10/1989 Hezbollah: We will tear up the Taif Agreement
20/10/1989 Berri: We are not interested in Taif and accepting it is a betrayal
12/11/1989 Hezbollah: The Taif Agreement is a surrender to the Maronite political system and Israel

Thumb beiruti 22 April 2015, 18:45

The picture of the empty chamber is appropriate. Its not much different when the suits are in the chairs. Result is the same. Silence, no action. and besides, the Chamber no longer exists its mandate having expired in November 2014 and June 2013 before that. Government in Lebanon is on a prolonged, self imposed hiatus pending orders from the political class' constituents in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, France, the US . . . Poor the Lebanese people. But then, they don't care about the government anyway.