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Future Bloc preps for presidential consultations

Future bloc meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Future Parliamentary bloc lauded former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s political roadmap Tuesday, announcing its readiness to commence consultations with March 14 heads to end the void in the Presidency.

Bloc members noted the road map was “logical, realistic and coherent” pointing out that “it is not important to offer suggestions. It is more important to [launch] ideas of progress in line with a logical process that takes into account the Lebanese reality and opens the way out of the crisis."

Future Bloc head MP Fouad Siniora informed bloc members of his meeting with Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel based on Hariri's roadmap. Siniora discussed with lawmakers the prospect of starting consultations with March 14 heads over possible solutions to the presidential vacancy.

"The main political forces should be focused on the election of the new President of the Republic as a priority over the rest of the topics in the country,” said a statement released by the Future parliamentary bloc following their meeting, adding that such an accomplishment would “address the remaining political, security, economic and developmental problems with success."

Last Friday, Hariri outlined the road map to safeguard Lebanon’s stability and protect it from the reverberations of the turmoil in Syria and Iraq by calling for the election of a new president and the withdrawal of Hezbollah from the war in Syria.

Hariri stressed that breaking the two-month-old presidential stalemate was the key to holding parliamentary polls scheduled in November, while strongly rejecting any attempts to renew Parliament’s mandate.

The head of the Future Movement said he would soon begin consultations with his allies in the March 14 coalition and his March 8 rivals to end the ongoing presidential deadlock.

The bloc also condemned Israel's attack on Gaza, calling for protests in solidarity with Palestine infront of the ESCWA building in downtown Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“The barbaric aggression carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip constitutes a crime against humanity,” said the statement. "[The attacks] continue without any deterrent, with the disregard, encouragement and support of the international community.”

The bloc slammed international and Arab silence on the situation in Gaza, arguing that the lack of a response allows Israel to continue with its aggression. The Future bloc called on the international community and the Arab League to stop the Israeli aggression and implement the relevant international resolutions.

“Reluctance and delay in the implementation of these decisions as well as bowing down to Israeli stubbornness is the main reason for the escalation of violence in Palestine and other parts of the Arab and Islamic world,” the statement added.

Future also spoke out against the exodus of Christians from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, arguing that such sectarian practices serve the objectives of the enemies of Iraq and the enemies of Arabs and Muslims.

“[This act] serves the Zionist state’s philosophy of establishing a racist entity,” Future's statement read.

The statement disclosed the results of meetings with the Union Coordination Committee and the Minister of Finance, stressing the importance of resolving the salary scale and the negative effects of extra spending on the national economy and public finances.

The statement also noted the position of the Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, who declared his intention to try to pay the salaries of employees by the the July 25th and before Eid al-Fitr.

The Future bloc emphasized the necessity of continuing the security plan across Lebanon, stressing on the importance of “adjusting security, cutting off the road to terrorist crimes and the prosecution of planners and perpetrators.”

It added that “some are inciting the Tripoli street and the north in an effort to blow up the situation in Tripoli”, warning that recent tensions in the area are “consequences of manipulating security” and calling on citizens "not to be subject to the effects of extortion."

 

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