Presidential Elections Postponed to December 16

Fecha de publicación: 
02 Dic 2015

The parliamentary session to elect a new president was postponed on Wednesday for the 32nd time following a lack of quorum at the session.

Speaker Nabih Berri scheduled December 16 as the next date for the polls.

Following the meeting, Lebanese Forces MP Georges Adwan declared: “We do not judge candidates, but their presidential platforms.”

“Do you think a foreign country knows Lebanon's interests better than the Lebanese people themselves?” he asked in response to claims of a political settlement that would see the election of Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh as president.

“We have to know a political settlement's stance on the war in Syria, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the constitution and other issues,” he stated.

LF leader Samir Geagea is the March 14 camp's presidential candidate, while media reports have spoken that Franjieh may be endorsed by the rival March 8 camp with the support of Mustaqbal Movement head MP Saad Hariri.

Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun is the March 8 alliance's current candidate.

Adwan added: “The March 14 alliance is a political project, not just various parties and blocs.”

“The alliance belongs to the people. The day this project collapses will be the day the state collapses,” he warned.

“We are therefore committed to this coalition,” stressed the lawmaker to reporters.

Political parties have for over a year failed in electing a successor to President Michel Suleiman whose term ended in May 2014.

Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the elections.

Franjieh emerged in recent weeks as a potential candidate in the wake of a meeting he held with Hariri.