Just wanted to point out that after all this wrangling to get a consensus candidate for the vacant Baabda-Aley Parliamentary seat, it turns out that Pierre Dakkash has a contestant: Pierre Hashash.
I liked that Hashash decided not to withdraw his name, because, as he claimed, "he decided to run in order to preserve Lebanon's democratic tradition and exercise his right to do so as an ordinary citizen not backed by politicians."
So for all those who disliked the move of arriving at a consensus candidate because it undermined democracy in Lebanon, there it is--the trophy! Pierre Hashash is every Lebanese who does not want to be "shortchanged" by electoral wranglings that many times do not make sense.
I believe that Lebanon has changed since the exit of the Syrian troops. Just imagine what would have happened to Hashash during the "Syrian era"...I'm amazed that he in a very civil manner held a press conference and said that he's continuing head-on for the elections and said what he had to say.
It's a symbolic move; perhaps his chance of winning is slim. But he is a "hero", trying to break a senseless status quo.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."