The people who protested on February 14 gave the March 14 leadership a second chance, the intifada IN the intifada was initiated. Now its time to be critical to avoid doing the same mistake of March 14. What the March 14 leadership gave: new elections altho based on the 2000 law and an alliance with Hizbollah that made us here now...
All the 'members of the majority bloc' are with removing Lahoud. Hureyyi camp is with this demand, since two months now without any single move towards that. We got the momentum back..
I think the issue now is not his UNconstitutionality since it can not be questioned by the Parliament that accepted to acknowledge his legitmacy after the decree to form the government, the consultations, and the other decrees he signed and meetings in Baabda that he chaired.
Passing a constitutional amendment to force a shorter term for him is disrespecting the constitution even if for a good cause this time.
Now there are some 'allegations' that the Parliament of any NORMAL country should react to either to clear the President from those allegations or just stop his term through the proper channels. The step can be take n from a positive perspective, atleast in the way it can be proposed.
the allegations include:
1- the statement of former Interior Minister Sleiman Franjieh and former PM Omar Karameh who explicitly said in the LBC documentary recently published on "2005 Independence" that:
A meeting was held in Baabda last year before the assassination of Hariri between the President, the SPEAKER, the PM and Minister of Interior, were the President requested to include the Director of General Security Jamil Sayyed.
The meeting was to discuss the ways to get according to them an electoral law that gets Syria a majority in the April 2005 parliamentary elections. This constitutes a ground for questioning /removing the President since the meeting was held in Baabda, he called for it, and participants in the meeting are announcing this. Also, it requires questioning from the perspective of the International Investigation as they said that a majority in the Parlimanet wasnt easy to get given Hariri's stubern stand not to include pro-Syria people on his Beirut lists and insisting to run in the hardest constituency.
2- According to items 125 and 126 of the 1 Mehlis report:
Colonel Ghassan Tufayli of the wire tapping -service in the Lebanese Military Intelligence said that several important people such as former presidents, prime ministers and deputies were permanently wiretapped. “The protocols were forwarded on a daily basis to General Raymond Azar and to the head of the army, General Michel Suleyman. According to Colonel Tufayli’s statement, General Raymond Azar sent the protocols to the Lebanese President and to General Ghazali, the head of the Syrian Military Intelligence Service in Lebanon.”
126. “According to Tufaily the Republican Guard Brigade also had an internal wiretapping service.”
3- Item 200 of the 1st Mehlis report:
Mr. Ahmad Abdel-Al of Ahbash has been "in frequent contact with Mahmoud Abdel-Al, his brother, who is also active in Al-Ahbash. Mahmoud Abdel-Al’s telephone calls on 14 February are also interesting: he made a call minutes before the blast, at 1247 hrs, to the mobile phone of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and at 1249 hrs had contact with Raymond Azar’s mobile telephone.”
Now is the perfect time to react to Lahoud, if they dont they will be just a bunch of reactionary opposition who lost another opportunity to remove or atleast question Lahoud. Although Jumblatt for example can not be bllamed for this as he was with removing him since March 14, but the problem was with the LF-Kornet. The main thing that united all speakers yesterday and mainly their speeches was Removing Lahoud.
The file can be initiated by 1/2 +1 to initiate the Parliamentary Investigative Committee, after the report is finalized we will need Aoun for the two-thirds to remove Lahoud.