Report: 68 votes for Azour, 45 for Franjieh, 15 blank


Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh could garner 45 votes, while former minister Jihad Azour could garner 68, if Speaker Nabih Berri calls for a session, LBCI said in a detailed report.

According to the record, 31 MPs from the Shiite Duo blocs would vote for Franjieh, in addition to some Sunni and Alawite MPs, four MPs from Franjieh's bloc and 1 MP from the FPM-allied Tashnag.

Nineteen Lebanese Forces MPs, 17 Free Patriotic Movement MPs, 4 Tajaddod and 4 Kataeb MPs, 8 MPs from the Democratic Gathering bloc and two from the Tashnag would vote for Azour, in addition to 6 independent and 8 change MPs.

MPs from the National Moderation Bloc and the Saida-Jezzin bloc would cast a blank ballot, in addition to some independent and Change MPs, the report said, which would result in 15 blank votes.

Comments 2
Thumb gebran_sons 02 June 2023, 17:55

Let us remember Cedar Revolution 1 was successful with ZERO duo participation. In fact duo were celebrating Assad occupation and blocked government and downtown Beirut for 2 years to prevent international court, later blocking parliament until their marionette Aoun was elected! Duo and their Useful Idiots are 100% responsible for destroying a great nation and leaving its people with no hope, savings or pension. Turning Lebanon into a pariah state, a beggar nation with no respect and dignity. Never had Lebanon been less secure, less respected, less independent than when duo bullies took over. We need to make sure duo leaders and their Useful Idiots rot in jail for causing pain and destitution for million of victims, not to mention Hizbollah squad that assassinated Hariri, Turni, Jemayel and dozens of M14 martyrs.

Thumb chrisrushlau 02 June 2023, 17:57

Wikipedia: Under article 49 of the Lebanese Constitution, a qualified majority of two-thirds of the members of the Lebanese Parliament is required to elect the president in the first round. If no candidate reaches that threshold, further rounds of election are held where an absolute majority of the members legally constituting the parliament is sufficient to elect the president.
Wikipedia: There are 128 members elected to a four-year term in multi-member constituencies, apportioned among Lebanon's diverse Christian and Muslim denominations but with half of the seats reserved for Christians and half reserved to Muslims per Constitutional Article 24[2][circular reference].