Jumblat refuses Franjieh as president, slams Aoun, says Geagea made him President


Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat has slammed Free Patriotic chief Jebran Bassil, accusing him, along with President Michel Aoun, of obstructing reforms, especially in the energy sector.

Jumblat also criticized Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and considered that Geagea has made it possible for Aoun to become President.

He said the latter easily accuses others of treason. "I do not dare to name a President, I am afraid I would be dubbed as a traitor," Jumblat stated, after Geagea had said days ago in a press conference that the parties that will prevent the opposition from electing a new sovereign president, would be traitors.

"I do not agree with the LF that the next president must be confrontational," Jumblat added. "The next president must be capable of managing the crisis, and must have an economic and political background, without being affiliated to a party," he went on to say, adding that he doesn't support the election of al-Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh as President.

He said that the opposition forces are still fragmented while Hezbollah and its allies can easily choose the President they want in the coming presidential poll.

Jumblat considered that the priority now is for the reforms in the energy and banking sectors over the political issues like Hezbollah's disarmament and the border demarcation, and that Lebanon cannot be neutral "as long as a beast called Israel exists."

Jumblat had met last week with a Hezbollah delegation in Clemenceau.

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Missing HellAndWaite 1 month

Just when Walid's comments, word choice, and emphasis sound like he is about to make the Big Leap forward, he runs back to grovelling and bolstering support for Hezbollah's self-appointed purpose as reason for keeping it vital. AAHh well ... 7 more years of poor crops and famine ...

"Resistance" in all its forms is a lie (and no basis for a country's future)

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 1 month

What this criminal is telling us is: Hezbollah will appoint the nest president and that reform is possible with the presence of a sectarian armed militia controlling every aspect of governance!

Thumb i.report 1 month

Aristocracy was abolished in Lebanon when it became a republic, jumblatt hasn’t realized this yet. He still has a fiefdom and serfs… rise up people, storm the castle and hang him!

Thumb sanglierdomestique 1 month

He’s always been THE master manipulator, anything to cling to his serf…

Missing rabiosa 1 month

I never ever trusted this guy. I never ever trust a "Progressive" let alone a Socialist. After all socialism is a bastard child of communism.

My proposal for electing a President:

Round 1: Anyone eligible can run. Since we're a sectarian country, then in this round only Christisans can vote. The top 2 vote getters, will move to Round 2.

Round 2: Top 2 vote getters from Round 1 go into the general election where ALL citizens registered and eligible to vote will cast ballots. The one that get 50% +, is elected President.