After a two and a half year presidential void – since the end of Michel Suleyman’s mandate - there finally seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel in Lebanon.
According to all the local political analysts the next sitting of
Parliament to vote on a new president, scheduled for October 31 next,
will end with the election of a majority of General Michel Aoun.
been Hezbollah's candidate to date and in a surprise move two days
ago, Saad Hariri gave him his support.
Last summer Aun also received the support of the head of the Lebanese
Forces Samir Geagea. The other candidate, Suleyman Franjiye, allied
with Aoun and Hezbollah has not withdrawn his candidature "although
aware that the general has a much better chance of winning" as he told
the independent Christian television LBC.
Aoun’s only remianing opponents now ares the leader of the Shiite
party Amal, Nabih Berri and the proverbial uncertainty of the Druze
leader Walid Jumblatt, whose opposition would not change the results at
all. Usually OF Druze always opt to back the majority.
But in order to
create the broadest possible consensus, Gen. Aoun is expected to meet
with Jumblatt in the coming days. According to rumors, before giving
their official support, Jumblatt is waiting for the return of the US
ambassador in Beirut.
Everything points to Gen. Aoun becoming the next president of the
Lebanese Republic, since he also has the support from independent
parties such as the Armenian parties.
Two days ago, Aoun visited the Maronite patriarchal headquarters in
Bkerke, in the hills 25 km north of Beirut, where he met with the card.
Sources close to Bkerke state that the Maronite Patriarchate "had no
choice but to support the election of a home grown President of the
Republic after many decades ".
In fact, it will be the first time since the end of the bloody
Lebanese civil war that the election of the President of the Republic
takes place without foreign impositions. In fact, in the past, Saudi
Arabia has had a decisive influence in Lebanon. Today everyone is
mystified by Riyadh’s silence given the fact that it has always been
contrary to the candidature of Aoun.
The meeting between the General and Card. Rai is important. The
patriarch is considered the unifier of the will of the Lebanese
Christians and guarantor of the National Pact that gave birth to
Lebanon. He carries a moral burden for Lebanese of all religious
Gen. Aoun, was accompanied by Gaby Jibrail, in charge of relations
with religious leaders in the political party created by Aoun, who spoke
of the excellent relations that link his party with the Shiites and the
Michel Aoun informed Card. Rai of the latest developments and the
content of his meetings with Saad Hariri and Hezbollah Secretary General
Hassan Nasrallah and the almost unanimous consensus of most of the
political forces of the country in supporting his candidacy.
expressed great confidence in the success of the Parliament's sitting
scheduled for 31 October and in the possibility this time it is almost
certain to guarantee the country a president after two years.
Card. Rai expressed his "satisfaction" and tranquility to finally see
what he has always asked for: that the parliamentary groups could agree
on the election of a president in response to the expectations of the
The Cardinal had always refused to nominate a candidate has always
stressed that the Constitution be respected and that the first
fundamental duty of the parliament consisted in electing a president.
"It would be shameful – he has often said - to celebrate the first
centenary of the birth of Lebanon in four years" with the inability to
elect a president of the republic.