After a 4-month disruption and closure of the doors of Parliament, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced that a session would be held to elect a President of the Republic on June 14, in a move that came as a surprise even to those close to him who were not invited to the session.
Parliamentary sources confirm through “Sawt Beirut International” that the opposition did what it did, and as a result of its agreement to nominate the former minister, Jihad Azour, it imposed a new equation and established a new reality that forced Berri to make the decision to hold an electoral session, because he can no longer claim that the opposition has not yet agreed on a president, or that when he feels that there is a serious candidate, he will call a session.
The sources continued, “The opposition imposed the session, and dealt what looked like a slap to the opposition axis, which bet on the opposition not agreeing on a candidate, the result was the opposite of what the opposition axis desired, which adheres to Franjieh’s candidacy, whose situation has become worrying in front of the votes that Azour will receive.
For its part, diplomatic sources believe that the threat of imposing sanctions on those obstructing the presidential elections, including Speaker Berri, accelerated the movement of the presidential file, and therefore Berri felt the imminent danger, so he decided to open the doors of the House of Representatives for an electoral session to avoid the dire consequences that would have resulted from the sanctions.
The sources confirm to our site that Berri was not in the process of calling a session had it not been for the threat of sanctions, revealing that he had received diplomatic advice from behind the borders to call for a session, otherwise the sanctions will come and will be harsh and will isolate him from the European and American world, so Berri acted with diplomatic advice and decided to hold an electoral session.