Report: Hizbullah to Convince Aoun to Accept Franjieh's Nomination

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Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh is scheduled to hold talks on Wednesday with Change and Reform bloc head MP Michel Aoun, reported An Nahar daily on Tuesday.

A prominent ministerial source told the daily that the talks will kick off efforts by Hizbullah to persuade its ally, Aoun, to accept Franjieh's potential presidential nomination.

Aoun is a candidate himself and Hizbullah has so far been committed to his candidacy.

“Hizbullah will seek to convince Aoun to accept the political settlement aimed at resolving the deadlock in the country, because the deal is greater than all sides,” added the source.

“It is a bitter pill, but we have to take it because the country can no longer tolerate the current situation,” it continued.

An agreement with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea is also necessary, it stated.

The ministerial source revealed that Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri “does not want to elect a new head of state without reaching an understanding with Geagea,” who is a presidential candidate himself.

Franjieh's chances to reach the Baabda Palace had recently made a dramatic surge in the wake of a Paris meeting between him and Hariri.

The nomination has created tensions among the Christian camps of the Kataeb Party, LF, and Free Patriotic Movement, who all oppose the manner in which Franjieh's candidacy is being proposed.

The candidacy has also created a divide between the Mustaqbal Movement and LF, both allies in the March 14 camp.



Comments 9
Thumb nickjames 08 December 2015, 08:26

Lol this is only a report? Hezbollah never wanted Aoun to begin with, but they also know Aoun won't bow down to Franjieh (neither will Geagea or Gemayel), so the vacuum continues...

Thumb nickjames 08 December 2015, 09:26

Hezbollah will not nominate Franjieh if Aoun rejects him. The Franjieh momentum will come to an end

Missing humble 08 December 2015, 11:44

The candidate of the Butcher is Frangieh....then the candidate of Ebola HAS TO BE the candidate of the Butcher, yet Ebola wants the void to attain its objectives ...

Thumb Mystic 08 December 2015, 11:51

Gossip seems to be reports according to Naharnet.

Thumb Mystic 08 December 2015, 16:04

nusra.boy I am stating the same as the officials did.
I do not invent stories and reports as Naharnet does.

Thumb Mystic 08 December 2015, 11:45

What kind of Source is this?
How can you report unofficial anonymous sources?

Gen. Aoun remains the candidate of the Resistance, all these political games can't change that.

Missing humble 08 December 2015, 12:14

You are saying that Ebola wants to pursue the void...this is precisely what we are accusing Ebola of : destroying the country...

Missing un520 08 December 2015, 12:45

"Report: Hizbullah to Convince Aoun to Accept Franjieh's Nomination"
Convince or force?

Missing un520 08 December 2015, 12:49

Hezbollah will laugh all the way to the parlament if they can secure 2/3 for Franjieh. With Aoun things are a little different. Aoun has proved before to be unpredictable, stubborn and to a certain extent nationalistic.