Aoun Holds onto President's Election by the People, Calls for Demo Next Friday

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Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun reiterated on Friday his call for the election of a president from the people as he announced his backing for protests, but said he only partly agreed with anti-government demonstrators who accuse the entire political class of corruption.

During a press conference he held at his residence in Rabieh, Aoun also invited the supporters of his Free Patriotic Movement to carry out a protest next Friday “to ask for reform and for participation in decision-making, and to call for fighting corruption.”

The demonstration is scheduled to be held at 5:30 pm in downtown Beirut's Martyrs Square.

“Legitimacy is given to the authorities by the people,” he said, adding “no ruler can be legitimate if the people don't recognize his legitimacy.”

Aoun reiterated his demand for the election of a president by the people and called for the approval of an electoral law based on proportional representation.

He also urged the formation of a government that introduces reforms.

“This is the only reformist plan,” said the lawmaker, who is also a presidential candidate.

He told reporters that Lebanon's rulers have lost the people’s backing because of rampant corruption, which is “blocking the state's arteries.”

Aoun also urged friendly countries not to interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs to back the rulers whom he says have lost legitimacy.

“We are glad that the people woke up and began demanding their rights,” he said, as he announced his backing for the latest street protests.

But he stressed that he only partly agreed with the demonstrators because unlike what they claim there are reformist politicians in Lebanon.

Street protests against the government have turned violent after several movements turned a trash crisis, which erupted last month, into a popular uprising against the political class that has dominated Lebanon since its civil war ended in 1990.

The “You Stink” movement is organizing another protest in downtown Beirut on Saturday, but Aoun said his supporters would not take part in the demonstration.

Aoun was asked about the boycott of FPM, Hizbullah, Tashnag Party and Marada Movement ministers of Thursday’s cabinet session and whether they would hold onto their stance not to attend sessions.

“There are discussions to resolve the cabinet crisis,” he said, adding that he didn't address the issue during the press conference to avoid stirring tension.



Comments 40
Default-user-icon Fawaz from Tibneen (Guest) 28 August 2015, 11:54

President Aoun is right the Muslim majority should elect the president, legitimacy is given to the authorities by the majority of the people!

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 15:53

Fawaz from Mowaten, which Muslim majority, enta ba3dak neyem ya Tibnin.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 16:11

Eagle, I very much believe that Mowaten is not alone in the trolling, I believe that Mystic and Southern, to mention but a few are doing some serious if not massive trolling. But personally I find that childish and stupid of them, even a mature 6 year old won't bother doing this, but this is what I always said, people suffering from tunnel-vision can see far.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 21:01

I now can see the desperation in the acts of the M8 followers of this forum, I mean look at how they are thumbing themselves up and how they are thumbing us down. I mean look at our rising star Southern with almost 40 ups, and everyone who opposed him with as many downs. You people are sick, childish and definitely screwed up there, but you see, you idiots are doing us a big favor, since this is the measure of your intelligence, then glad am I that you do not rule this country, not now, not ever. All your arguments about defending minorities here and there are sheer propaganda consumed only by fools. But sadly, the bigger fools are the people doing the mod of this forum, whose auto system is being abused once more, and this despite our repeated warnings. A dormant team, that reflects a dormant parliament as usual.

Thumb EagleDawn 29 August 2015, 11:20

mowaten could not bare to see how he was caught trolling with his fake accounts so he mass reported my comment and got it deleted! Here it is again and enjoy reading it over and over again.

"hello phoenix; mowaten never trolls ever. He is the one always with morals and sets the example. Here are a few postings I saved and you judge for yourself what is going on.
is that a pathetic mantra you keep repeating because you have nothing else to say?
You must understand Sophia that people like humble need to repeat these mantras constantly to convince themselves that they're somehow true... Zombies brainwashing themselves.
then here is one that links it all together:
Who wants to live with a sermeye like you Humble, who keeps repeating the same mantra like a broken toy?
mantra....mowaten.....mantra..... hahaha!
mowaten= eukaliptuz.

Default-user-icon Aoun's axiom (Guest) 28 August 2015, 12:22

Do as we say not as we do.

Thumb ex-fpm 28 August 2015, 12:24

جملة مقولات ساقها عون منذ عودته من المنفى عام 2005، وخاض تحت ستارها حربه وحرب حلفائه على «الطائف«. ألم يقل الجنرال إن تيار المستقبل يأتي بنوابٍ مسيحيين، الأمر الذي اعتبره منافياً لأصول «المناصفة«؟ ألم يعتبر الجنرال أن الأغلبية الشيعية تأتي برئيس للبرلمان وبأن الأغلبية السنية تأتي برئيس للحكومة، وبالتالي يحق للمسيحيين أن يأتوا برئيسهم كما تفعل الطوائف الأخرى؟ الجنرال الذي تحدّث عن كلّ ذلك، هو نفسه الذي يطالب اليوم بانتخابه من الشعب ليأتي بصوت حليفه الشيعي. كيف يرضى، مَن يطالب بحق المسيحيين في انتخاب رئيسهم ونوابهم، أن يأتي بالصوت المسلم؟

Thumb ex-fpm 28 August 2015, 12:34

بالفيديو – منشد “حزب الله”: إما المثالثة وإما الخراب
منشد “حزب الله” علي بركات المتخصص بإثارة النعرات المذهبية محلياً وبضرب علاقة لبنان مع الدول العربية، والذي كان اوقف لشهر ونيف عقب نشيد “ارهابك يا سعودية” وسارع فور خروجه من سجن النبطية مطلع العام الحالي الى شكر “قيادتي “حزب الله” وحركة “امل” و “أشرف واطهر الناس” عبر حسابه الرسمي على الفايسبوك بعدما كلف “حزب الله” المحامي حسين محيدلي بالدفاع عنه، المنشد بركات يحلّل في السياسة وفي الحراك الشعبي أخيراً!!!

Thumb canadianpaul 28 August 2015, 12:40

Die already.

Thumb EagleDawn 28 August 2015, 12:58

somebody needs to put this criminal out of his misery and put an end to his wicked life.

Thumb EagleDawn 28 August 2015, 13:06

if this religious zealot aoun becomes president then we will have weddings in Lebanon similar to those his siblings in iran have:

بالصور.. زواج في إيران العريس 14 عاماً والعروسة 10
المشرعون سمحوا لمن أعمارهم أقل من السن القانونية بالزواج شريطة موافقة الوليبالصور-زواج-بإيران-العريس-14-عاما-والعروسة-10.html

Thumb justin 28 August 2015, 13:24


Thumb EagleDawn 28 August 2015, 14:18

southern, your sectarian hate for KSA and sunnis does not negate the fact the wedding took place in Iran, does it now?
ok forget the source you don't like, here is more:
"Iran passes a law allowing men to marry their 13-year-old adopted daughters just as the country's new president touts himself as a moderate"
In Iran, you can marry your 13-year-old adopted child
Photos showing a 14-year-old boy getting married to his 10-year-old partner in Iran have gone viral on social media.

Default-user-icon southern huthi (Guest) 28 August 2015, 14:30

السياسه بعد نظر، أخلاق وضمير !!!

Thumb EagleDawn 28 August 2015, 15:29

southern, I condemn hezbollah and its takfiri terror everyday and you know that. What more do you expect me to do?;)

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 15:49

Southern, (with the added dots and dashes), now we are getting confirmation of how hamstrung you've become, this ailment of yours, one of them being tunnel-vision is making you post things that are so so distant from reality and the truth. Quite frankly, you are no longer worthy of any serious response, but to give you a gentle fraternal tap on the head and tell you, "Enta ba3dak ktir shaterr". Bi 3inak Allak.

Thumb barrymore 28 August 2015, 16:25

ignorance is bliss, seriously!

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 16:43

Southern, you said and I quote, "@phoenix:
my statement was directed to e-d upon his question when he asks "What more do you expect me to do?;)" so, please try to coordinate your thoughts and contrast properly, you may then change your poetic writing", end of quote. Thank you for making me smile and laugh too dear Southern, it's been a tiring week for me, so making me laugh was a good thing. Now, irrespective of it all, I have a feeling that you will soon need to add another dash to your alias.

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 28 August 2015, 13:13

Dear General of Generals:
are you aware I live in Australia, born in Australia, don't speak Arabic and my great grandfather hassoun bless his soul told me all I know about you and Sayyid Hassan.

Thumb justin 28 August 2015, 13:23

we insist hezbollah disarm whether aoun insists on a president elected by the people or not.

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 28 August 2015, 14:29

....only 2 people are working for Lebanon as we speak.
General Aoun & Walid Jumblat....the rest pffttttt.

Thumb marcus 28 August 2015, 14:52


Missing ysurais 28 August 2015, 14:47

Where is z Electricity & Water? Past Ministers were all crooks! But now under reform --it is even worth!
***How on hell u 're promising reforms!

Thumb marcus 28 August 2015, 14:51

Take reform and you know what you ca do with it..! The current minister of power told the Lebanese people he needs another 1 billion dollars to fix the electricity. The power sector in Lebanon has cost the treasury $57 billion in the last 15 years alone and yet Somalia has a better grid than we do. Corrupt you and your reformist party are and will always be.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 15:41

(1). Mr. Aoun, or better known as the Claoun, this is my response to you: That you are a selfish SOB who is ready to cheat no matter what. People know that by wanting to do the vote from the street, that you are aiming for the Shiite votes, whom you still count on numbers. You are also hoping to get your soup mixed up with Syrian votes and any donkey you can get along the bandwagon. I am one willing to take your challenge, and you know why ya 7arameh? Because on two occasions, the street has defeated you and your allies, thereafter you people cheated again to rob your opponents of their victories. But you see ya Claoun, you are a very annoying person: You know that Lebanon is under a terrible situation, the street, of yeah, the street wants rotten bast*rds like you out. You know that it is people like you that have caused all our problems, yet you have the cockiness, the arrogance and the indecency to call for street votes?

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 15:47

(2). Aoun. Wlak leysh, did you manage to get anything more than 1200 last time? This time you want to bring your Shiite friends to get you president even if you people had to burn Lebanon again? Wlak ya Claoun, you are behaving as if everything was perfectly normal, but I am one who very much believes that you have lost it ya khityar il mrit, enta we7ed mtakhtakh wou m3affan. You do not have one bit of decency to allay our multiple problems, you ya traitor, you the man who collapsed the only resistance to Syria and them got to embrace all those you one upon a time insulted daily, you have done worse, you are licking their arses daily, is the presidency so valuable to you or do you really want to be emperor on a burning nation?

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 15:47

(3). Aoun. Mr. Claoun, I can assure, you, we are trying to build a state of laws in the fullest respect of the constitution, Hezbollah has emboldened you to break the law and made your sickness even more acute, this time you will break no law, no constitution and you will never see the seat. Your Sayed hero friend hiding under ground will remain there for possibly all his life and you will die witnessing a new Lebanon created. Il 3ama bi albak shou bala mokh.

Thumb justin 28 August 2015, 15:57

i agree with every word you said!

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 16:25

Thanks Justin, this Claoun is beyond description, I have never in my life seen anything like him. He bewilders even the hardiest of us. You come to the point where you feel that yeah, we've seen it all coming from him, only to see him push the sh*t button even further. I am desirous of keeping the decorum, but really, this man is one who is more evil than Satan himself, he won't stop at anything, I am sure that even when on his deathbed, he will still ask his advisers if they can exhaust his last wish, that they take him to Baabda and take a picture of him on the seat. Of all Clowns in the world Aoun is the last person who should ever dare talk of Baabda, let him at least consider how he left it last time it was entrusted to him. Heyda we7ed bala damir.

Thumb lebnanfirst 28 August 2015, 15:48

Aoun's assertions notwithstanding, it *is* ALL the political class that needs trashing and him at the head of it. It is shameful for Aoun, who has made a 180 degree turn from his original positions via HA, to try now and claim the higher ground. He does not have it.
He is still clinging to the ever remote chance of ascending to the Presidency, he will not get there no matter what he tries.
Just consider his preaching about democracy and that he will show us all how it's done by enforcing elections for FPM presidency - then - he pushes Basil down his party's throat!!
Democracy and reform are a far cry from Aoun's practices as events have amply proved.

Thumb lebnanfirst 28 August 2015, 15:53

I hope that the You Stink and Accountability movements do not fall for Aoun and HA's trap and attempts to hijack our anger at ALL the political class by maintaining their secular demonstrations and keep their lazer focus on the demands of most of us Lebanese which are aimed at ousting the de facto political class and replacing them with those that work for the people - really work for the people.

None of our existing political trash will ever be willing to give up their piece of the pie and the status quo, we Lebanese must struggle to gain back our nation and true sovereignty.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 16:16

Min-Canada, tomorrow Saturday 29 August 2015, many cities will join us in solidarity, Montreal is one of them. We hope to receive a lot more support during the coming weeks, here in Beirut, we will be in Martyrs Square, starting from 5 PM Beirut time, whoever is in the country, please join us, let's make our voices heard.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 16:47

I now have come to believe that Aoun is brain-dead and that he is being controlled remotely 100%. All his masters need is his ugly face, that cacophonous voice of his, and yes, why not, occasionally that blood-stained dirty hand of his to gesticulate a little, if datedly to help convince that he is still alive. What a pile of rubbish, honest.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 August 2015, 17:21

Sure, why not, Baroud is an excellent candidate, a decent young man who could change the mould of Lebanon's politics way into forward. Dimianos Kattar too is another good candidate.

Thumb popeye 28 August 2015, 17:26

Aoun is one sick demented delusional narcissist. God help Lebanon and the people still stuck in there.

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 29 August 2015, 03:04

@phoenix1. Your express the thoughts of more than 98% of christians, all Sunni and?% of Shia. Thank you
AOUN does not mind to be the last Christian president as far as he can succeed to put his dirty bum on the seat even if it is only for hours. However I am sure he is a loser even with a direct fair election from people (which I am against not because of fear but because it is not in the constitution).
I hope the "youStink" group are honest enough by not promising AOUN to contribute in his demo next Friday (to show larger crowd) in exchange for his hidden contribution with the demo of this weekend.
Hopefully I am wrong but it is known that FPM are famous in any dirty agreement to falsely swell their presence.

Thumb -phoenix1 29 August 2015, 14:32

Peace (guest) thank you for very good posts, rest assured, they are being read. On the FPM, it's a party used to cheat, reflecting the nature of its inceptor Aoun. Now he wants to send people to the streets just hoping to show that he has support, in truth he is trying to piggy-back, but he has been nibbed before he even sneezed. Aoun the Claoun is now a well-known quantity, I cannot use the word quality because there's none to attach to him, nor to his party of lies and fabrications.

Missing helicopter 29 August 2015, 04:01

Aoun, we have something called a Constitution and an elected body to make changes to the constitution. Put your efforts in electing a new parliament and if you are the most popular guy then your parliamentary majority will lead the way in changing the constitution. Aoun thinks a Republic is a sand box for him to create whatever his fancy dreams of. We already saw how democratic Basil's election was as the new FPM potato head.

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 29 August 2015, 09:03

I fully understand to stop offensive comments. But i don't understand why my realistic and very reserved comments are ignored. Is there a subjective or objective criteria with your management.
I am a Lebanese citizen and I have the full right to express my opinion in a non offensive vocabulary.

Thumb -phoenix1 29 August 2015, 15:28

Claoun wants a president, but it has to be him or no one else. Claoun wants a new army chief, but it has to be Roukoz his sil or no one else. Aoun wants a replacement for him at the FPM but it has to be his sil Gebran or now one else, Claoun wants a CEO at OTV but is has to be his daughter and no one else, wou ba3dkoun bit 2oulou Esla7 wou teghyirr? Aoun does not believe in democracy, Aoun is just Aoun is just another circus owner and all the clowns must come from family stock, simple.