Geagea accuses rivals of rejecting dialogue

Geagea accuses rivals of rejecting dialogue

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday accused rival Hezbollah of rejecting dialogue on the presidential file, a day after the opposition proposed two suggestions to resolve the crisis.

“The mask has finally fallen, even after two years,” Geagea said in a statement.

“For two years, the Axis of Resistance groups have been calling for dialogue, dialogue, dialogue under the pretext of finalizing the presidential phase. Their lies and hypocrisy have become obvious to all Lebanese,” the LF leader added.

“After the opposition unanimously proposed two serious proposals yesterday to finalize the presidential phase, it raised its voice left and right to reject, condemn and deplore. Are you really the same people who have been calling for dialogue for two years?” Geagea asked.

He added that those who want genuine dialogue should “immediately adopt the suggestions of the opposition, especially since these suggestions are pro-dialogue par excellence and constitutional par excellence.”

Opposition lawmakers on Tuesday announced two suggestions aimed at facilitating the election of a new president and ending the country’s long-standing presidential vacuum.

“The deputies would meet in parliament and hold consultations, without official invitation, institutionalization or specific framework, in order to respect the rules related to the election of presidents provided for by the Lebanese constitution,” the opposition proposed.

“The consultations would not exceed a period of 48 hours, after which the deputies would go – whatever the result of the consultations – to an open electoral session with successive rounds until the election of a president, in accordance with the Constitution,” the opposition added.

Another suggestion would be for House Speaker Nabih Berri to “convene a presidential election session under his presidency,” the opposition said.

“If no election were held in the first round, the session would remain open and MPs and blocs would hold consultations outside the Parliament chamber for a period not exceeding 48 hours, after which they would return to the chamber to vote in successive rounds not exceeding four rounds per day… until a president is elected,” the opposition added.

“All parties would commit to attending the round tables and ensuring quorum,” he said.