Jumblat: Seychelles Proposal Result of Immature Conditions for Presidential Polls

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Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat has mocked the failure to elect a new president by proposing to move the national dialogue from Beirut to the islands of Seychelles.

In remarks to As Safir daily published on Wednesday, Jumblat said he made the proposal to insist that “the conditions are not yet ripe for the election of a president.”

“We should wait,” he said.

Baabda Palace has been vacant since the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May last year.

Jumblat's remarks came a day after he attended a meeting on the sidelines of the national dialogue at parliament that brought together Speaker Nabih Berri, Premier Tammam Salam, Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun, al-Mustaqbal bloc leader lawmaker Fouad Saniora and the head of Hizbullah's bloc MP Mohammed Raad.

The meeting sought to revive the work of the government which has been paralyzed over its working mechanism and military promotions.

However, the top officials failed to reach a deal on the promotions, a key demand of Aoun, who wants to keep Commando Regiment chief Chamel Roukoz in the military and make him eligible to become army commander.

Roukoz is Aoun's son-in-law.

High-ranking sources said that Saniora rejected the promotions from Brig. Gen. to Maj. Gen., saying they would harm the military institution’s structure.

But in remarks to As Safir, the MP denied his responsibility for the obstruction of the deal.

Progress has been made in the talks but have not yet reached the expected results, said Saniora.

G.K.

D.A.

Comments 10
Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 5 years

General Aoun and Walid Jumblatt are the only 2 politicians working in Lebanon's family interests..... the rest pfffft.

Missing bandit 5 years

If aoun wants the people to elect the president then why shouldn't the army do its own promotions?
What on earth does Aoun know about the army ?

Default-user-icon wiseguy.finiq (Guest) 5 years

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Missing humble 5 years

Jumbo : if you were more courageous things would have been totally different...

Thumb beiruti 5 years

None of these guys are fit for anything. They are all spent agents for others who have forfeited any right to make any decision. So what do they "dialogue" over?? Their inability to do anything!!

Thumb beiruti 5 years

None of these guys are fit for anything. They are all spent agents for others who have forfeited any right to make any decision. So what do they "dialogue" over?? Their inability to do anything!!

Thumb ado.australia 5 years

how funny of Jumblatt... almost as funny as his presidential candidate! why this hilarious article doesnt mention that Jumblatt's refusal to remove his puppet "presidential" candidate is a major cause to the presidential problem is also so funny. This guy smokes his wacky tobacky and always asks why? Why am i on the images of corrupt politicians? its not fair! "i'm not the only corrupt politician"! Unbelievable that this is a credible defence? only in Lebanon! PSP, Amal and Mustaqbul are the main 3 parties that have controlled Lebanon since 1992! no wonder the amal thugs are nervous!

Thumb ado.australia 5 years

This snake is just like his father... happy to see Lebanon burn while laughing from his castle in his fiefdom! Who he sides with is who the British approve, and as long as the Maronites are weak.

Thumb ado.australia 5 years

Henri Helou is such a good Presidential candidate... its all Aoun and Geagea's fault!

Thumb -phoenix1 5 years

I proposed some years ago that we put all of our politicians into a boat and send them into a remote Pacific island, far from everything. There I will install everything, hast internet, 4G, saunas, massage parlors, great restaurants, bring in as many beautiful blondes and brunettes, lots of Pina Coladas, everything that will mimic paradise on earth, but I will make sure that our politicians will remain there for good and never come back. Mr. Jumblat, I did not forget you either, I have given you a privileged place there, so stfu and get on the boat before it leaves.