Berri won't call for election session as FPM, opposition claim presidential agreement


Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will not call for a "folkloric" session that might fail for the 12th time to elect a president.

In remarks published Tuesday in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Berri said that based on the current circumstances, it is not possible to call for a session "with no real competition".

He added that he hasn't been informed about a western deadline for the election of Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh.

Lebanon, in the throes of a crushing economic crisis, has been without a president for almost seven months, as Parliament failed 11 times to elect a successor for former president Michel Aoun.

Berri hasn't called for a session since January, claiming that the opposition has no serious competitor to Franjieh, the Shiite Duo's candidate.

The opposition, the Free Patriotic Movement, and some Change and independent MPs say they have agreed on a presidential candidate who could compete with Franjieh in a parliamentary voting session.

Comments 2
Thumb 30 May 2023, 19:28

This particular individual, often likened to a skunk, along with his unruly group, made the decision to forcefully shut down the parliament for a duration spanning two years. Additionally, they established a presence in Downtown Beirut, engaging in activities that disregarded the rule of law. Their actions had severe repercussions, leading to the financial collapse and insolvency of numerous businesses within the hood.

Missing rabiosa 31 May 2023, 15:41

This guy needs to be removed from his position ASAP. FPM should be rueing the day they gave him enough votes to be reelected yet again now being there for 30 years. He acts like parfliammnet is his own fiefdom. I know all his supporters in my hometown. My hometown was all AMAL, till the Hizboz popped up. Now it's probably 70-30 in Hizboz favor.