BEIRUT: The Future bloc will support the extension of Parliament’s mandate only if Lebanon fails to elect a new president, Minister of State Nabil de Freij said Friday.
“We are clear. We are saying that if we reach the deadline with no president elected for the country, ‘Yes’ we are with the extension,” de Freij told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
He slammed those who “pretend” to be against Parliament’s extension for fear they will lose in the general elections.
Addressing Speaker Nabih Berri, de Freij said: “We ask him about [efforts] at disrupting the presidential election ... we are not with disrupting Parliament and we are not with Parliament’s extension.”
He said the Future Movement supported the implementation of the Constitution.
“We want lawmakers to go to Parliament and carry out their duties. Then things will be on the right track and a new government and a new Parliament will emerge and institutions will pursue work as usual.”
“This is what we want, nothing else,” he added.
De Freij urged Berri to "convince" his allies in the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition to end their boycott and attend a voting session to elect a new head of state.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, when former President Michel Sleiman’s term ended with lawmakers failing to elect a successor over lack of quorum.