Lebanon President Michel Suleiman frankly announced it more than a year ago, in an interview with al-Nahar newspaper. He said he does not want to extend his presidential term and that he respects, or rather commits to, the constitution and will therefore leave the city of Baabda when his presidential term ends. We support his decision because we appreciate his role as well as his stances, and we don’t wish upon him an ending similar to that of presidents who accepted or demanded an extension and ended up toppled in the streets or spending their entirety in solitary like fugitives.
But the issue is out of the question with President Suleiman as he repeatedly confirmed that he rejects violating the constitution. We hope nothing pushes him towards altering his stance and that he doesn’t yield to temptations of posts and privileges - if that can be found in this country of struggles and crises.
But what is surprising is that some March 8 parties insist that President Suleiman is seeking an extension of his term. March 8 sources said Suleiman did not make a decisive decision until Hezbollah informed him, via a delegate, that it rejects the idea of extending his term.
We are thus confronting a test of credibility - but this test is intended for others and not intended for the president as he has not altered his stanceNayla Tueni