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Circumstances unsuitable for election: Hezbollah

  • File- Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks in front of students at the LU in Hadath. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Conditions are still not conducive for holding the presidential election, Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said Wednesday after Parliament failed again to vote for a new president.

“It was clear that the first session was a farce, indicating that the circumstances are not suitable for electing a president," Qassem said. "This means that there would be no use of a second, third or fourth session if the situation remains as it is."

Parliament failed for the second time in consecutive weeks to elect a president as the Loyalty to the Resistance and the Change and Reform blocs obstructed the quorum.

The quorum for the last session was secured in last week’s session but the March 8 allies casted 52 blank ballots, while the March 14 candidate Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea got 48 votes with another 16 votes goring towards MP Henri Helou and one for Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel.

Qassem said that his group boycotted the session to ensure that "no plots" are carried out and "we are suprised by things that may not be in harmony with the mechanism to elect a new president.”

The Hezbollah official also said that the best way to elect a new president would be “by consensus.”

“The nature of the country and its sectarian system do not allow one group to choose a president ... so the best way to elect a president is to reach an agreement,” he said.

“Agreements are usually reached outside the session or prior to the session to reach mutual conditions,” Qassem said.

“The president should enjoy a popular base ... he should not challenge others but work towards finding common ground and solutions.”

 
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Summary

Conditions are still not conducive for holding the presidential election, Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said Wednesday after Parliament failed again to vote for a new president.

The quorum for the last session was secured in last week's session but the March 8 allies casted 52 blank ballots, while the March 14 candidate Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea got 48 votes with another 16 votes goring towards MP Henri Helou and one for Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel.

The Hezbollah official also said that the best way to elect a new president would be "by consensus".


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