Bassil threatens to run for president, says FPM to propose 'list of names'


Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Sunday announced that he might nominate himself for the presidency should the other parties reject two FPM proposals for consensus.

“There is a financial, economic, social, health, educational, institutional, judicial and legal collapse, and there are fears that it might turn into a security one. They are threatening us with it and incitement is ongoing to justify the election (as president) of the ‘security necessity candidate,’” Bassil said in a televised address.

Bassil’s statement was an apparent jab at Army Commander General Joseph Aoun.

“The army chief is violating the laws of defense and public accounting, usurping the defense minister’s powers by force and acting as he pleases with the army’s funds and assets,” Bassil added.

Commenting on recent remarks, the FPM chief said it would be “an act of national and political madness to think of electing a president without the Christians.”

He added that a recent stance by Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat, who “rejected” that Christians be sidelined, was a “patriotic and responsible stance.”

“It can be capitalized on to build common life in the heart of Mount Lebanon,” Bassil added.

The FPM chief also revealed that his Movement has devised a “preliminary draft” containing the names of several potential presidential candidates.

Those candidates are “better than the proposed ones,” Bassil said.

“We have started a round of contacts with MPs and blocs to hear their proposals and to agree with them on a host of names,” he added.

He said that another suggestion would be “agreeing to any candidate who has chances on the condition that, prior to his election, the blocs supporting him would implement reformist demands,” most notably “the decentralization law and the law for recovering transferred funds.”

“Should the first and second endeavors fail and our stances be considered as resulting from weakness rather than keenness, I will seriously think of running for president regardless of loss or win, so that we at least preserve the principle of legitimate representation,” Bassil added.

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Missing samiam 1 month

Put your name there and see who votes for you.

Thumb 1 month

According to the 2023 edition of the Larousse-

Gibran Bassil: Individual with a disregard for societal norms and a tendency towards delinquent behavior.

Missing MikeA 1 month

Yes to applying the Taef according,fully.
1. Electing parliament based on a non sectarian principles
2. Establish a senate which represents the governate with a veto power over consitutional amendments and not a confessional one with a 2 third majority.the presidency of the senate rotates per province or government.
The governates are:
1- large beirut (Beirut and baabda districts) - no majority sects.
2- Metin or Cedar province(east of Damascus road) - mostly christians
3 -Beit el dine province ( mix with druze majority)
4- Bekaa pronvince (mixed province)
5- Tripoli province ( North province) - ( mixed with Sunni majority)
6- Tyre and Sidon Provence ( the south) - mixed with shiite majority.
- decentralization - elected local government.manage own resources (land& sea). Local army and foreign policy independent of the central gov.
-president is elected by the people on a non sectarian bases.

Missing MikeA 1 month

central gouvernement headed by the president. Prime Minister role is eliminated.tge president must work with the head of provincial governers.
-to reduce redundant and the cost of having provincial and central parliament. Each provincial goverment will vote some members of it parliament to represent it in tge central parliament. It will be based on a proportional bases to population size.
- hence, central government with represent all communities with a strong army, manages foreign policy, sign treaties, overall financial policies, human rights, health regulation, earn and distribute taxes to help less fortunate provinces. Manage highways, border security and overall security.
- the senate will be a central government level with authority to amendment the consitution upon recommendation from the central government+ central parliament. 2/3 is required to amend the basic elements of the consitution with provincial veto rights.

Thumb SheikYerbouti 1 month

Unfortunately those in charge from 1990 to 2005 and then from 2005 on, who were able to fully apply Taef, are the ones standing in the way of it's full implementation.
Also some major forces view decentralization as a form of partition.

Thumb SheikYerbouti 1 month

it would be “an act of national and political madness to think of electing a president without the Christians.”
The usual FPM hypocrisy:
In 2011 after the "Black Shirts" show of force, when Nasrallah hand picked Mikati for the post of PM, Michel Aoun had no problem voting him in without the major Sunni representation. Aoun even boasted that there were Sunni in the government, even thought those barely represented themselves let alone the majority in the Sunni community.

Thumb SheikYerbouti 1 month

“There is a financial, economic, social, health, educational, institutional, judicial and legal collapse.."
Michel Aoun promise kept:
Since 1988 when Michel Aoun was selected By Amine Gemayel as internym PM with the singled mandate to help elect a President, Aoun made hundreds even thousands of lofty promises. One of those promises was that he will topple the "Establishment". That last promise is the only one he's ever kept.