Presidential Elections Adjourned Again

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Speaker Nabih Berri postponed on Wednesday the presidential elections to next month following a lack of quorum at parliament, a sign that politicians were far from filling the prolonged vacuum in the country's top Christian post.

Berri postponed the session to September 2 after only 34 MPs from the March 14 alliance and his Development and Liberation bloc attended.

Baabda Palace has fallen victim to the political deadlock rooted in the rivalry of politicians on the presidential post.

There are several candidates but neither of them is willing to make compromises that would allow lawmakers to attend a session aimed at electing a head of state.

The presidential seat, which became vacant after the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May last year, has hindered the government's ability to tackle growing security, economic and social problems.



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Missing phillipo 12 August 2015, 13:18

It is about time that the Lebanese Government changed the law so that it will be like the General Meeting of any large company...i.e.
Will take place the necessary quorum is not in attendance at that time then the meeting will be convened one hour later with whatever quantity of voters present being the necessary quorum.

Missing humble 12 August 2015, 17:07

This is how most successful organizations function. Another advantage is we can discharge and fire the inept, the inefficient and the idiots...and of course those who are mentally disequilibrated.

Thumb the_roar 12 August 2015, 17:42

Phillipo, how dishonest can you be?

how about you write something that resembles the truth?

How about for instance you compare how your nation elects or any democracy that elects their president or PM.

yes allow people to vote..I thought that was the democratic way.
unless you think Lebanon should remain slaves to outsiders then yes your post has some validity.

Missing phillipo 12 August 2015, 18:20

1ץ Exactly where is my statement dishonest. I can show you the notifications of AGM's of many international organisations that state exactly as I put it.
2. My country, the UK elects its PM every 5 years.
3. Most countries that have both a President and a PM, then the President is elected by the Parliament, with the number of MP's present on the day of the elction qualifying as a quorum.
4. If you are trying to say that Lebanon should have the President elected by popular vote, then, taking the present deadlock into account, it might be a very good idea.
5. May I ask as to what "slaves to outsiders" you are refering to?

Thumb the_roar 12 August 2015, 18:33

slaves in the past to the Syrians & US.

Now KSA & Iran.

Democratic people vote would negate outside influence & have a President elected by Lebanese on time every time.

& thanks for the civil reply Phillipo.

Default-user-icon harry (Guest) 12 August 2015, 19:30

do you think the MPs winow if an mp does his work like taking care of business and attend official meetings like theis last

any MP who does not show up to the parliament ,then he does not get paid
NO PAYCHEQUE how about that?

Thumb -phoenix1 12 August 2015, 16:19

I fully agree with you Phil.

Missing humble 12 August 2015, 17:04

Thank you Caporal, the dirty traitor, the mareedman...

Thumb -phoenix1 12 August 2015, 18:21

JudAoun, Claoun the Alcapaoun.

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 12 August 2015, 18:50

The real problem of Lebanon is its religious orientation and focus, as long as this is the case, Lebanon is a country but will never be a nation. All religions are man made , wake up people enlighten yourself, the presidency issue will be solved one day , but as long as this feudal/religious based system exists ,Lebanon will keep sitting on a time bomb.

Thumb beiruti 13 August 2015, 04:05

Francisco Frano is still dead, too. No news in either story.