Army commander Michel Suleiman has graciously agreed to head a "transitional government" if Syria and Hizbullah prevent parliament from electing a president.
Army Commander General Michel Suleiman has indicated he would accept to head a transitional government in the event MPs are unable to choose the next president before the end of President Emile Lahoud's term in office in November, provided all sides accept his nomination. Former Defense Minister Albert Mansour, told The Daily Star Monday that he has put the idea of heading a transitional government personally to Suleiman, who agreed to head such a government in the event a new president is not agreed upon. "Such a government would be in keeping with established practice, which is for a president to hand over power to a Maronite prime minister, it happened twice before," Mansour said.
Mansour said being appointed prime minister of a transitional government would allow Suleiman to bypass constitutional requirements that prevent grade-one civil servants like Suleiman from being elected to the presidency while still in their post or within two years of their resignation. (Daily Star)
Suleiman started his "coup campaign" with a visit to the patriarch last week, and with an announcement on Monday clearing Syrian intelligence of any involvement in the Nahr El Bared camp.
Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman on Monday denied charges that Fatah al-Islam terrorists are linked to Syria or to factions represented in the Lebanese government.
Fatah al-Islam, Suleiman said, "is not sponsored by Syrian intelligence, nor it is backed by Lebanese government circles. It is a branch for al-Qaida which had been planning to use Lebanon and Palestinian camps as safe haven to launch its operations in Lebanon and abroad."
Suleiman, appointed to the post by the Syrian regime, has said on more than one occasion that Lebanon's sole enemy is Israel.
It follows from all this that, if Suleiman is made head of an interim cabinet, he will try to impede the Hariri tribunal and anything he feels could threaten Syrian interests.
By agreeing to this, Suleiman has violated the constitution which stipulates that "should the Presidency become vacant for any reason whatsoever, the Council of Ministers exercises the powers of the President by delegation". Not to mention his violation of his duty as a army commander entrusted with defending the country against any threat regardless of where it came from.