What can I say: in less than one day, we get a lot of news ground to cover.
Two prominent legislations were passed in Parliament yesterday, in a successful show of the parliamentary majority's clout, one was a law that organizes the affairs of the Druze community and the other bill was on "rescusitating" the role of the Constitutional Council.
We must give credit where credit is due: the fact that Aoun's bloc attended the parliamentary session shows that the bloc's MPs believe in participating in the process of political deliberation which is a right and a duty given to MPs by the people, despite Aoun's absence and their rejection of passing these two laws. And the same goes for Amal's bloc. Such move comes in contrast with Hizbullah's bloc which did not attend at all.
However, on Tayyar's website a headline reads as follows: The Parliamentary Majority Won the "Laws" Battle Over the Carcass of Consensual Democracy ('الأكثرية' ربحت معركة القانونين على جثة الديمقراطية التوافقية ) in a show of solidarity with President Lahoud's rejection of the two laws as requiring consensus agreement in the Parliament and not majority rule. FPM is indeed confusing. I thought Aoun is all about majority rules and talks numbers and poll results (70%, etc.) Plus, it is in the Parliament's bylaws that decisions are reached by majority vote.
On another point, Al-Nahar daily published a piece by Ibrahim Bayram which provided insider information on the four rounds of talks between Hariri-Nasrallah. Bayram revealed that Hariri proposed Nasib Lahoud as a presidential candidate; however Nasrallah voiced his disapproval of any candidate affiliated to the March 14 spirit, even though Nassib is a former MP and holds no political role, like that of Butros Harb or Nayla Moawwad, which represents the March 14 coalition.
And for those criticizing PM Seniora for his "accomodationist" stands, yesterday he asked Hizbullah, in response to Nasrallah's fiery speech which rendered the Syrian berms on the Bekaa border as a fabrication, "What does it matter if the berms were erected 5 years ago or five days ago? Isn't this Lebanese territory?"
Further, Geagea escalated the discourse on LBC's Kalam Innass by saying , "Yes, we are calling for Hizbullah's disarmament. Are we insulting someone's faith by saying that?"
And finally, Fortune magazine released an article with an in-depth investigation of the Madina Bank scandal. The article proposes that the late Hariri was assassinated before he was able to reveal the scandal implicating President Lahoud and his family, Syrian President Assad and his family, and tens of other influential intelligence officers.
Analysis of these news items will follow suit.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."