Selfish Lebanese politicians ignore the constitution

A parliamentary session intended to elect a Lebanese president will be held on Thursday

Nayla Tueni

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A parliamentary session intended to elect a Lebanese president will be held on Thursday, and it will be followed by another session on Friday. The last session will be held on Saturday which also marks the day of a farewell ceremony for President Michel Suleiman whom member of parliament Walid Jumblatt commended, saying “he was one of the real men.”

The quorum may be met on Thursday if other parties are allowed to attend after Hezbollah announced it will boycott the session. Or, the quorum may not be met and obstruction efforts will thus continue. Some parties have recently resorted to obstruction to impose a certain candidate. They’ve acted as such without taking into consideration the constitution that grants the right to obstruct meeting a quorum once but certainly does not stipulate obstructing the state and its institutions from functioning. After all, the constitution’s aim is to serve the state and its institutions and to guarantee the latter’s continuity and performance.

Failing to signify reform

The plan adopted by the Change and Reform bloc and the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc does not signify reform and does not attempt to unite all parties around resistance. On the contrary, it’s deepening the notion that resistance has become a burden imposed on the Lebanese people. The plan also confirms that “change and reform” are two slogans that do not seriously seek to achieve national consensus and that actually serve some parties’ interests at the country’s expense.

Te Lebanese people have the right to know their president’s beliefs and aspirations

Nayla Tueni

National consensus cannot be achieved by imposing the logic of power on others. It can be achieved when all members of parliament attend the sessions intended to elect a president, discuss the suggested presidential candidates and cast their votes.

National consensus requires that the future president presents his clear vision on issues of the resistance, national defense strategy, socioeconomic policy, corruption and foreign relations. Presenting this vision is not necessarily a presidential agenda - which the president may not be capable of implementing due to the regression of his jurisdictions. However, the Lebanese people have the right to know their president’s beliefs and aspirations.

This article was first published in al-Nahar on May 25, 2014.


Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni

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