“Sterile” discussions in the fifth part of the presidential “theatre”!

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The fifth session to elect the future president was no different from its predecessors, the “play” continues, the actors themselves, without the presence of heroes, but everyone was “equal” on a “boring” stage that the minds of the viewers underestimate and distract them with sterile discussions about a quorum that will not be ensured until the “adult” “cook” »Regional and international affairs do not seem to be ready yet, while the country continues in its diving into crises that are open to all kinds of security and economic risks. One camp continues, the opposition is scattered, 44 votes were recorded for MP Michel Moawad, the white paper got 47 votes, Issam Khalifa 6 votes, and one newspaper carried the name “Plan B”, another called Ziad Hayek , and a third the name Ziad Baroud, posted by the Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab, contrary to the decision of the head of the Strong Lebanon bloc, Gebran Bassil, who withdrew to give up the “white paper” after the advice of Hezbollah, and 7 papers that said “New Lebanon” and “for Lebanon” won one vote.
At this time, there are no external settlements on the horizon, Washington continues to close the “doors” to any economic opportunity that could ease the internal situation, and demands “prizes” that do not seem available in the face of Hezbollah’s public rejection of this pressure to which a president “committed” The caretaker government of Najib Mikati, who turned a blind eye to the Iranian donation after being officially informed yesterday that it falls within the sanctions. Meanwhile, the “demarcation” file has resurfaced, amid expectations that Paris will honor its promises that Total will start drilling next spring, over the impact of US assurances that Israel-Netanyahu will not back out of the deal, and the guarantee of the “terror” introduced by Hezbollah, which he revoked yesterday, deputy secretary general, Sheikh Naim Qassem.

critical positions
Apart from the facts of yesterday’s session, simultaneous “presidential” positions were issued by Hezbollah officials on the specifications of the future president, and the general headline was “that he does not impose a president of the republic with American or Saudi -specifications won’t allow. , and he doesn’t want to back the resistance, and he doesn’t want a president who openly challenges.” about an internal dialogue. Head of the Loyalty to the Opposition Bloc, MP Muhammad Raad, said: “We want a president who does not challenge anyone. We want him to know the value of the martyrs and the importance of the resistance in preserving Lebanon’s sovereignty and protection, and for his decision to be a sovereign who does not succumb to pressure to put the resistance behind him not to sting Sensitivity and this danger.. In this context, the Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, emphasized that it is not possible to choose a president for a challenge, and the president cannot be subservient to America not according to his orders. He is likely to accept a new High Commissioner and does not accept the imposition of a new foreign guardianship of any country, adding: We want a president with national specifications entrusted with national reconciliation and working to get Lebanon out of its crises and alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese.

What does Hezbollah want?
In this context, sources close to the party confirmed that the words of Hezbollah officials about the non-acceptance of a president with Saudi specifications are understandable and realistic, and he basically realizes that the kingdom no longer has the presence on the Lebanese arena has to enforce what he wants. , and at the height of its power it agreed to a settlement with Tehran, or rather, with the party solely authorized to manage Lebanese affairs. As for the fact that there is no acceptance of American specifications for the president, this is not only linked to a state of hostility that cannot be negotiated with Washington, but rather a political realism that is confirmed by the data of the decline of the current US administration’s role is enforced. model and influence in the world, and Lebanon is not immune to this tangible retreat.

Messages inside and outside
If the other party holds a stick to “disrupt” the arrival of a leader of the March 8 team, then, according to those circles, the party wants to make those concerned at home and abroad understand that obstruction and the country in its economic crises will not lead to “surrender” to an unrealistic power that has not withered, but rather it has retreated strongly, as evidenced by the “rebellion” of its allies in the Gulf, and the beginning of “murmur ” in Europe about the Ukrainian war. What is new is related to the results of the midterm elections, which weakened President Joe Biden and his party. Now the Republican Party, which was the minority party in the House of Representatives, will become the majority party in the House. , albeit with a slight difference. Thus the margins of maneuver that will be granted to him in his work will expand. This is with the aim of limiting the pace and procedures of legislation of the Biden administration and placing it in a permanent defensive position thanks to its majority control in the House committees, as well as thanks to its ability to delay or thwart the president’s plans in all domestic policies.

The results are opposite chia!
Contrary to what the American ambassador in Beirut, Dorothy Shea, is trying to promote, if the sweeping “red wave” preached by Donald Trump did not hit the Senate, the success of the Democratic Party in maintaining its minimal supremacy in the House not, the talk is about a democratic “victory.” Limited, as this achievement will not prevent the legislative process of Parliament from being paralyzed, within a real possibility of hindering the work of the administration and sliding into an era of stagnation and constant internal partisan confrontations. These confrontations will broadcast widespread weakness in the domestic and international spheres, and will make it difficult for the United States to fulfill its role as a superpower. President Biden emerged from the midterm elections bruised and shaken.

No gifts for Washington
And the United States’ attempt to continue to design the international environment with a confident and strong hand when the administration’s control at home is partial and very tenuous has been seriously damaged, and thus the Lebanese arena will not be a not be a “gift” for a poor administration. who is losing control of world leadership. As a result, Hezbollah is aware of this reality and calls on the Americans to be a little humble and realize that a settlement is inevitable and in accordance with realistic facts and not illusions.

What’s new in the session?
The fifth session brought changes in the distribution of votes, as the count of representative Michel Moawad rose and reached almost fifty, were it not for the absence of a number of delegates who voted for him out of the session, on ‘ a time when the number of white papers decreased and new names entered the voting process, including Ziad Baroud and Ziad Hayek. The issue of the quorum also sparked sharp discussions between Berri and a number of delegates, and the session resulted in MP Michel Moawad getting 44 votes, a white paper 47 votes, “New Lebanon” 7 votes, Issam Khalifa: 6 votes, Ziad Baroud one vote, Ziad Hayek one vote, “For Lebanon,” one vote and a canceled paper… A paper was registered under the name “Plan B.” Representative Michel Douaihy revealed that it was set up, and it means “a rescue” and sovereign president.” Meanwhile, representative Elias Bou Saab violated the decision of the “Strong Lebanon Bloc” and called Ziad Baroud, who He hastens to say via Twitter: I would like to accept the goodwill of the generous vote, but I am not interested in a nomination which I have not announced yet.

Why has the “current” declined?

At a time when the head of the National Movement, representative Gibran Bassil, was absent from the session because he was in Qatar, a member of the “Strong Lebanon” bloc, MP Alain Aoun, said: “We do not want conducting a demonstration process, and we cannot continue with the white paper indefinitely,” noting that “our choice is to wait.” A responsible choice because the shift we are trying to create makes a difference in the political scene, and we are giving an opportunity for understanding today through this option. Hezbollah managed to convince the head of the “Strong Lebanon Bloc”, representative Gibran Bassil, not to take an incomplete “vote” by voting with a blank paper, as this would pose a challenge to the party ‘unofficial’ candidacy of former MP explained. Suleiman Franjieh to run in the “race”, which would give the party’s opponents. A free victory without gaining any profit, because any acceptance of the candidacy of a personality, either from the “present” or from outside it, will cause a “burnout” for it, and it will do nothing new on the electoral and political level does not add.

Controversy over quorum
After the result was read, the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, requested the closure of the session, after he lost the quorum in the second session, a matter that created a controversy between him and MP Sami Gemayel, who asked: What article is based on. on the determination of the quorum in the session of the election of the President of the Republic?, to respond Berri said sarcastically: “I did it from the window,” prompting Gemayel to declare, after the session ended said, “We tried to find out what articles Speaker Berri relied on in applying the two-thirds quorum in the session to elect the president,” noting that Article 49 does not set a quorum for the session not, and when Berri refuses, he is supposed to tell us on what basis .

Behind and section 49
After the session, MP Melhem Khalaf presented a “legal position, in which he asked that solutions should be drawn from the constitutional texts themselves, noting that article 49 of the constitution does not expressly state the quorum necessary for holding of the presidential election session, but rather determines the majority required to elect him in the first voting cycle.This was determined by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives, i.e. 86 votes out of 128 delegates that make up the House of Representatives, so that the House would adjourn to a second and third session until the candidate obtains the absolute majority of votes, i.e. 65 votes.

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