Saturday, February 28, 2009

March 8 and March 14: Coalition or Competition?

Franjieh, head of the Marada movement (March 8), repeated the stance - set out by Nasrallah - that Lebanon has to be run through consensus. While Saad Hariri, head of the Future Movement (March 14) reasserted, to NOW Lebanon, that the upcoming elections are to be a democratic competition against the March 8 coalition.

1 comment:

  1. Hallo and thank you for posting these.

    I have a question that might be of interest to you to look into. Has each party officially declared that it will respect the electoral results and facilitate the the government's executive process in the future?

    My reason for asking this is that, taking for granted that Lebanon's next government will be formed of different parties,each party in the government has two choices: one of making constant demands and require consensus on every aspect of Lebanon's political life, or respecting the electoral results and allow the first party to implement the policies for which it was elected first.

    Of course, every party forming the new governmental alliance will be represented in the government through ministerial positions and this fact presupposes a certain degree of consensus anyway but whatever party comes second should also respect the core values of the democratic process which are: give primacy to the party winning the most votes to apply its electoral program.

    As I see it, the declaration by the Future movement goes towards this direction. My fear is that the Marada movement's statement implies that Lebanon will not see the establishment of a strong efficient government, but rather the March 8 coalition (if it comes second) will go in the business of undermining the Future Movement's governance.

    Georgie Porgie