Franjieh Says Still Backs Aoun's Presidential Bid, But Not if It's for 'Obstruction'

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Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh declared Monday that he still supports the presidential bid of his ally Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun – if it is not aimed at blocking his own nomination.

The stance was voiced in a Marada statement issued after overnight talks in Batroun between Franjieh and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law.

The meeting was “friendly and frank and did not involve any commitments,” the statement said.

Media reports had said that Franjieh told Bassil that he cannot carry on with his nomination if Aoun does not endorse it.

The Marada statement said the northern leader would “maintain his support for General Aoun and give the issue more time if there is a real inclination for consensus on General Aoun's nomination.”

“But if the nomination (of Aoun) is only aimed at blocking Franjieh's bid, we would take another stance,” Marada added.

The statement also noted that Marada would accept to discuss a possible rejection of Franjieh's nomination by the top Maronite leaders over “Christian or national arguments,” but not if the objections are related to electoral rivalry.

Separately, Marada noted that al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri had called during his Paris talks with Franjieh for an electoral law “that does not harm the representation of a certain sect, without specifying the law's type.”

The two leaders “agreed to reject any law that undermines the representation of any sect,” the statement added.


Comments 10
Thumb thepatriot 30 November 2015, 16:20

yeah... we can't wait to have a President that doesn't even own a Bachelor's degree...

Thumb EagleDawn 30 November 2015, 16:26

bachelor's degree??? The gangster did not even finish 6th grade!

Thumb thepatriot 30 November 2015, 16:48

i don't care about comparing with Hariri but at least, Hariri was a Business Graduate. Frangieh is barely literate...

Thumb ex-fpm 30 November 2015, 16:42

Franjieh Says Still Backs Aoun's Presidential Bid, But Not if It's for 'Obstruction'

lol, and what has it been so far if it is not "obstruction'?

Missing rayes13 30 November 2015, 17:45

Mr Aoun President and Mr Hariri prime Minister!!!
Solution for Lebanon !!!!

Missing humble 30 November 2015, 18:27

The caporal is can kiss him Good Bye

Thumb nickjames 30 November 2015, 20:15

Lol such empty rhetoric. Aoun's so-called nomination is meant purely for obstruction. If a M8 guy is going to be elected, Aoun is not gonna let anyone be elected but himself. Franjieh is just being a chicken and won't say what everyone already knows.

And this is all nonsense. How do you support one's nomination while carrying on with your own?

Missing humble 30 November 2015, 21:19

Because he knows the madness of the Caporal and his no impulse control...

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 01 December 2015, 01:43

i dont know why u are arguing ??????????baad bakkiiiiiir,the solution in lebanon will be a copy of the syrian one.....

Default-user-icon assaad (Guest) 01 December 2015, 07:55

If Hariri can accept Franjieh, he can accept Aoun.