Geagea Slams Aoun, Accuses him of Seeking to Hold Polls Based on 1960 Law

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lashed out on Tuesday at Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, accusing him of “seeking to carry out the elections based on the 1960 electoral law.”

“The FPM's endeavors are considered a crime and the only solution to thwart its attempts is to hold a parliamentary session and vote on a new electoral law as soon as possible,” Geagea said in comments published in al-Akhbar newspaper.

The Christian leader pointed out that his party is holding onto carrying out elections and rejects proposals to extend the tenure of the parliament.

Geagea slammed Aoun for stating that he agrees on holding the polls based on the 1960 law, which is based on winner-takes-all system, if the rival parties failed to reach consensus over the adoption of the Orthodox Gathering proposal.

“It seems that Aoun has been planning all along to hold the elections according to the 1960 law,” he noted.

Aoun said during an interview on MTV on Monday that the 1960 electoral law “will impose itself on us,” rejecting the extension of parliament's term.

Geagea said that the only constitutional solution is to vote on a new electoral law at the parliament, however he said that Speaker Nabih Berri is “not seeking to implement this choice.”

The LF leader said that the “only way his party would agree to extending the term of the parliament is if it was for a short period and to agree on an electoral law other than the 1960.”

“Holding the polls is extremely important to maintain stability and halt chaos,” Geagea said.

He told al-Akhbar newspaper that if the Lebanese foes failed to assume their responsibilities regarding the elections then “any international pressure will not have an impact on them.”

The parliamentary electoral subcommittee failed on Monday to reach an agreement over a new electoral law and Berri is yet to set a date for a new session.

Failure to reach consensus over an electoral law has raised fears of a political vacuum in Lebanon. In absence of consensus, the other two alternatives are holding the polls according to the 1960 law or extending the term of the current parliament.

An amended version of the 1960 law was adopted in the 2009 parliamentary elections, but the majority of the political blocs are refusing to adopt it for this year's polls.

The Orthodox Gathering law has meanwhile been rejected by President Michel Suleiman, Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, the Mustaqbal bloc, MP Walid Jumblat's National Struggle Front, and independent Christian March 14 MPs, however it was strongly backed by Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement.

Comments 15
Thumb sophia_angle 21 May 2013, 09:21

"1960 Law Will Impose Itself on Us, Extension is Unconstitutional" Aoun,, Judas it is not enough to listen if you do not understand what he was saying i bet you need a translator:)

Default-user-icon Gariffon Belladaj (Guest) 21 May 2013, 11:50

This is how the traitor Dr. Arreet 7akeh justifies his act of treason! wlak min addak ya 7ak...awati? amn al moujtama3 al massi7i tole3 art 7akeh bi art 7akeh.

Thumb mckinl 21 May 2013, 12:47

Turnabout is fair play ... Given the mood of the public M14 is held in very low esteem ... especially the LF, Kataeb and independent Christians.

Considering the alternatives then the '60 law is a victory for the FPM. Geagea thought he was going to shove his voting law down the throat of the FPM.

Geagea has once again been bested at his own game ... Looks like elections on time under the 1960 Law ... without the 2009 Amendment!

Missing rudy 21 May 2013, 12:58

you mean the bkerki meeting where they agreed to put the law on hold?

i like how the FPM is media (politician statements, news website and general supporters) have been slowly but surely shifting their stance in the past week from: "1960 law is an abomination" to "ok, so we might end up with the 1960 law, so what"

Thumb mckinl 21 May 2013, 13:30

Geagea is a worm that should have been left to rot in jail. His latest betrayals only show that he was guilty as charged so many years ago.

Default-user-icon stoppostingstupidthings (Guest) 21 May 2013, 13:31

Respected and feared by all?

Joke of the century.

Thumb beiruti 21 May 2013, 15:38

@phoenix. You are on the right track. The Aoun-Geagea animosity is clouding the Christian political position so that a coherent unified Christian position cannot emerge. Whomever (and it was Assad of course) that authorized the conditions for Aoun to return from Paris and Geagea to have his sentence commuted did so knowing that this day would eventually come.

Thumb beiruti 21 May 2013, 15:41

Since independence in 1943, Lebanon has been organized under the mantel of authority worn first by the Maronites from 1943 to 1975 and then by the Alawites from 1975 to the present, 32 years for the Maronites, and 38 years for the Alawites to date. The only way the Alawites can rationalize power in and over Lebanon is to displace the Maronites. Their numbers are diminished, and their leadership is old and still fighting battles that have long since ended. In this way, how could a cancer like Hezbollah not grow on Lebanese soil?

Thumb beiruti 21 May 2013, 15:45

I was there in 2005 when elections were to take place in the wake of the Syrian withdrawal. I met with Jumblatt and Hariri and Aoun and knew of the frustrations of the M14 in dealing with le generale. For some reason, not clear to any of us, he was obstructive of the movement that he had kept alive during the long years of occupation. More than once the Moslem leaders we spoke with would sigh, and shake their heads over the division and lack of leadership coming from the Christian political quarters. They knew already that Syria had poisoned the political environment by resurrecting these two knowing that their enmity for each other would keep the Christians divided and therefore keep Lebanon safe for Hezbollah. And the added gift, Aoun would become the political cover for Hezbollah in the wake of the Syrian military occupation.

Thumb beiruti 21 May 2013, 15:50

Lebanon, and I mean all of Lebanon needs its Christian core to become reunited so that the Sunni, Shiite and Druze can coalesce around it making Lebanon whole and pluralistic. As you can see, without its Christian core, Lebanese Sunni and Shiite are in conflict in Tripoli and Sidon and elsewhere, and the Lebanese Druze are scrambling from one camp to the other seeking protection from the storm.
Let us all step back and see what others are doing to us. For Hezbollah it is rather deliberate to keep le petite generale upright to serve as a foil for Geagea. The LF however is not so controlled. It can change the equation and should. It is really insane to see this happening and do nothing to cause it to end.

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 21 May 2013, 16:04

FT the hundreds of displaced Christians, the bombing of churches, the murder of families, and the massacring of peaceful demonstrators was and still is the profession of the regime you now support. Since now you and Bachaar are buddies and you know the latter crimes did happen, just switch like your dear Ganeral and put the blame on the LF. The Verbal garbage you spu on this site is lethal to the well being of all the Lebanese Christians. Think before you speak and put the past behind you.

Missing reformist 21 May 2013, 17:34

hahahah I love rudy, a7la w aslab chab! The guy is WARNING you that you would have no other choice but 1960's... He is transparent and clear on the consequences. Your muppet changed his mind, as usual he was bought by his 'friend'... You can put the blame on aoun it's ok :)

Missing reformist 21 May 2013, 17:37

Bravissimo 3afek! Why did he then push for the orthodox? Then just said ah sorry yeee yimkin ma ten'abal? :D hahahah What a man! Just because yimkin ma ten'abal he does not fight for what he believes is right for all the Christians??? Houwwe li byerka3 ken eddem el batrak and was always following him...

Missing peace 21 May 2013, 18:08

i wish they could spend the same energy in implementing secularism as specified in the constitution they all claim to cherish and also in the taef agreement LOL! (point 8!)

Default-user-icon Betango Shaplandit (Guest) 22 May 2013, 05:03

This is not the first time Dr. Falso says "bi charafeh" while charafo, aka Mrs. Falso, was screwing Elie Keyrouz. This freak Dr. Falso is a man of his word, isn't he? bi charafo he is.