BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called on Lebanese citizens to assume their responsibility in upcoming parliamentary elections, arguing that the solution to the presidential void lies in the hands of the people.
“The decision is in the hands of the Lebanese citizens who will choose either to save themselves by changing the current political class, or keep [the same politicians] and allow the situation to stay as it is,” he said in a speech given Friday during the Lebanese Force’s annual banking sector dinner.
Geagea urged citizens to decide their fate for themselves, lauding the ability of a Lebanese electorate to elect their representatives in parliamentary elections set for November.
He said that Lebanon was one of the few countries in the region where people choose their candidates in elections, adding that “the people have the choice, and I hope they choose in a right manner when the first opportunity for us to achieve all our goals arrives.”
Geagea called on citizens to consider the political stalemate in the country before voting, arguing that the parties which have boycotted the presidential election should be voted out for "disrupting democracy, governmental institutions and the interests of Lebanese citizens.”
The Lebanese forces leader urged support for political blocs that are protecting institutions, saying that citizens should back such parties to preserve national interests.
Parliamentary polls are scheduled for November after lawmakers extended Parliament's mandate by 17 months in May 2013.
Last year's extension came after lawmakers failed to endorse a new electoral law, which has still not been agreed upon, throwing November's election into doubt.
A diplomatic source told The Daily Star last week that preparations were underway for another extension of Parliaments mandate, due to political, legal, constitutional and technical difficulties that would prevent parliamentary elections from taking place in November.