GEAGEA SAYS LEGISLATIVE POLLS WILL TAKE PLACE IN FALL
Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, on Saturday revealed that he was not worried about vacuum at the legislative power, stressing that the polls will take place in the fall regardless of the adopted vote format.
“I am not worried (…) first of all, the real red line is not May 15 but June 19, the expiry date of the Parliament’s mandate. There will be a new election law before we reach the real red line,” Geagea told an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.
“I believe that regardless of the adopted law, the polls will be held in the coming fall, unless unexpected circumstances occur,” he said.
In response to a question about the best election law, Geagea said the best format should be the closest to the provisions of Taef Agreement.
On a different note, the LF leader underlined that there would be no compromise as to the electricity issue.
“The presence of the Lebanese Forces inside the government shall not be futile,” he corroborated.
Furthermore, Geagea indicated that the LF-Future relations were “good for the time being.”
As to MP Walid Jumblatt, he said “relations are always cordial. [Jumblatt] has special consideration when it comes to details, like the elections and appointments, but there is total agreement over the basics.”
On his relation with House Speaker Nabih Berri, Geagea indicated that communication channels are always open.
As to Hezbollah, Geagea said: “The disagreement is crucial with Hezbollah, and not just over a number of issues.”
“I have not seen that [Hezbollah] is involved in corruption, but the problem is that it is ready to keep silent,” he exclaimed, adding that the LF and Hezbollah have different priorities.
“The presence of such a massive military force is the key dispute with Hezbollah,” he explained, accusing Hezbollah of having made a “historic” mistake in Syria “for which generations of Shias will pay the price.”
On the situation in the broader Arab region, particularly on the Iranian-Saudi level, Geagea said “there is a climate of absolute war.”
“The recent statement of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, reflects in a certain way the actual climate in the region; and things are heading to escalation,” he explained.
Earlier this week, Mohammad bin Salman said in a televised interview that “we won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia. Instead, we’ll work so that the battle is for them in Iran.”
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/geagea-says-legislative-polls-will-take-place-in-fall/National news