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"Support for the resistance is one of the fundamental national principles in Lebanon and one of the foundations on which the military doctrine is based. Protection of the resistance is the army's basic task."
Gen. Michel Suleiman, speaking in 2005
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Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014, when the last incumbent, Michel Suleiman, stepped down at the end of his six-year term.
Nasrallah said on Sunday: "Our commitment to General Michel Aoun's nomination is final. The Loyalty to Resistance bloc will attend the session and all the members will vote for ... Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ...

"General Aoun briefed Patriarch al-Rahi on the latest developments in the presidential file ahead of the Oct. 31 electoral session," the statement said.
"General Aoun could have communicated with us in a certain way that recognizes our presence and I would have withdrawn from the presidential race," he added.
Beirut, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday the door to electing a president was "wide open" and his members of parliament would vote for ally Michel Aoun at a parliamentary session ...
In 1988, with the country wracked by civil war and parliament unable to meet to vote for a president, Mr Aoun - then a general in the Lebanese army - was appointed prime minister and thus acting president by the outgoing head of state, Amin Gemayel. Mr ...

"I hope we will reach consensus on General Aoun's nomination before October 31, but if that didn't happen, all parties must remember that this is an election and this is how they must deal with the presidential file," Geagea went on to say.
"The (Oct. 16) speeches of General Aoun and (FPM chief Jebran) Bassil carried all the indications about a project to build the state with all the country's components without the exclusion of anyone," said the bloc in a statement issued after its ...
Aoun has made no secret of his presidential ambitions since Michel Suleiman completed his term as head of state in May 2014.
"I announce today before you my decision to endorse the candidacy of General Michel Aoun for the presidency of the republic," Hariri said.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the mandate of Michel Suleiman expired, amid deep rivalries among Christian and Muslim politicians exacerbated by the conflict in Syria.
The agreement on the nomination of General Michel Aoun that enjoys Christian legitimacy has expanded to become a broader national agreement," Pharaon said after the talks.
The supporters of Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement rallied to push for the election of its leader, former army Gen. Michel ... They waved the party's trademark orange flags at a rally marking the 26th anniversary of when Syrian forces ousted General ...
The meeting between the two men came at the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York late last month.
An emergency Qatari-mediated agreement led to the election of military General Michel Suleiman. Even after Suleiman's term ended, the rivalry continued between the two led to a strange plot-twist, where Geagea and the Lebanese Forces endorsed Aoun as ...
"Freeing the presidency file is in the hands of Hizbullah which does not want any candidate for the presidency, not even General (Michel) Aoun," said Houri in an interview to VDL (100.5). "Until this moment (al-Mustaqbal ... Lebanon has been without a ...
"The political figures that former Lebanese PM and Future Movement chief Saad Hariri has met during his consultations have either rejected or expressed reservations about the election of General (Aoun)," Berri told the daily. "I know what I am saying ...

"The political figures that (al-Mustaqbal Movement chief) ex-PM Saad Hariri has met during his consultations have either rejected or expressed reservations about the election of the General (Aoun)," Berri told the daily. "I know what I am ... Lebanon ...
"Berri has informed ex-PM Saad Hariri of his total rejection of the election of General Michel Aoun as president, expressing fears and concern, and this is what he has also informed MP Walid Jumblat of," al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted the sources as ...
Beirut - The third extended term of Lebanese army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji began on Saturday despite doubts by some political parties about the ... But the army commander's calculations are different than his predecessors - Emile Lahoud, who was elected ...
The sources also confirmed that "Hariri will visit (Free Patriotic Movement founder) General Michel Aoun in Rabieh." After its weekly meeting earlier in the day, the bloc said in an official ... Lebanon has been without a president since the term of ...
"MP Franjieh and General Michel Aoun are equal in their commitment to Hezbollah's project that is threatening the state and its institutions.
It was this agreement that ended an 18-month political crisis in Lebanon and brought about the election of Lebanon's most recent president, Michel Suleiman. Domestically, former prime minister Saad Hariri's Future Movement, which leads the March 14 ...
MP Mohammed Raad has said that Hizbullah wants Aoun as president because the General shares Hizbullah's vision for Lebanon's sovereignty.
Those who want to elect a president have only one route to take and it leads to General Michel Aoun," Qassem said. "The global and regional powers, the Security Council and the Arab League will not be able to alter this course.
"Should an agreement be reached over General Aoun's election as president, we are ready to attend a parliamentary session aimed at electing a president and we will vote for him no matter how much the session might be imminent," Qassem noted.
Kuntar was welcomed in person by the three most important officials in the Lebanese government: President Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, and parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri.
Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem is pictured during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon August 3, 2016.
"The meeting was special and rich with General Aoun and its focused on the Christian situation in the Middle East and the relations between the Christian and Muslim religions," the EU official said.
"The impasse has become unacceptable mainly because of the worsening implications on the general situation in the country," Khoury was quoted as saying.
... Mutalleb Hennawi, who is close to ex-president Michel Suleiman, had said after the cabinet session that "they have put the precondition of revoking Maj.
... Mutalleb Hennawi, who is close to ex-president Michel Suleiman, had said after the cabinet session that "they have put the precondition of revoking Maj.
The Lebanese Parliament failed againWednesday and for the 44th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014. As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the ...
Gen. Mohammed Kheir after no consensus was reached over three candidates that he had proposed, angering the FPM which says that it opposes term extensions for all senior officers.
"My friend, ex-PM Fouad Saniora, regardless of my respect for all the general principles mentioned in your comments on my speech, which are at the core of my personal beliefs, I have to ask you a single question: what should we do now?
"Agreeing to the election of General Michel Aoun as president would open the door to positive developments that would resolve all other problems," Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad said.
The bloc's boycott of Thursday's cabinet session was linked to the thorny issue of security and military appointments. Defense Minister Samir Moqbel has recently postponed the retirement of Higher Defense Council chief Maj.
Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement hoisted an FPM flag outside the house of Minister of the Displaced Alice Shabitini in Jbeil overnight before vandalizing a statue carrying the name of ex-president Michel Suleiman in the city's square, state ...
Aoun denied any concerns claiming that the "strong strategic coalition that links it to Hizbullah is worrisome." He even pointed positively to the calls of the Loyalty to the Resistance head MP Mohammed Raad that called for the postponement of the ...
"We know that a lot of Mustaqbal Movement officials and MPs support the election of General Aoun but they cannot oppose the will of their regional leadership, which is still rejecting settlements and agreements in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon," the ...
"Sayyed Nasrallah's remarks were vague and general and did not contain anything that requires a response from ex-PM Hariri," Fatfat said in a phone interview with al-Jadeed TV.
Nasrallah's remarks were vague and general and did not contain anything that requires a response from former PM Hariri," Fatfat said in a phone interview with al-Jadeed TV.
"We know that a lot of Mustaqbal Movement officials and MPs support the election of General Aoun but they cannot oppose the will of their regional leadership, which is still rejecting settlements and agreements in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon," the ...
May 25, 2008 - After a six-month vacancy in the position, Lebanon's Parliament elects army general Michel Sleiman as the new president.
"We have been committed to General Aoun's presidential nomination since the period that preceded the July war, and should an agreement be reached over the president, we are open to discussing the premiership," said Nasrallah in a televised speech ...
"Hezbollah is required to seriously support General Michel Aoun's presidential nomination through convincing the March 8 camp to secure quorum" at the parliament, Riachi said in an interview on MTV.
... Amin Gemayel and Michel Suleiman in addition to former minister Walid Daouk representing ex-PM Najib Miqati, Papal Ambassador to Lebanon Gabriel Caccia, MP Ali Fayyad, army Commander General Jean Kahwaji and a number of bishops and priests.
"Our presidential candidate is General Michel Aoun and they must negotiate with him as the only way to resolve the presidential crisis," the MP added, noting that "at the same time, Hizbullah will keep seeking an electoral law based on proportional ...
Earlier in the day, Boroujerdi held talks with Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fathali, a Hizbullah statement said.
Earlier in the day, Hariri had presided over a meeting for the Mustaqbal bloc to discuss "the general situations on the eve of the national dialogue sessions.


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