Michel Aoun, the next president
The time for Michel Aoun to assume his position as the new Lebanese president is close, ending the two-and-a-half year gap since Lebanon had a president. Elias Harfoush says: “The reaction to Saad Hariri’s decision to support Aoun as a candidate ranged from describing it as a brave step to being a huge risk. Evidently, Hariri himself was unsure about this step and what the consequences might be. He justified his decision by saying it was the last option available to tackle the presidential crisis in Lebanon. However, there is a reason why Aoun is the last choice. If the presidential seat is not filled by Aoun, it stays empty. This is a major impediment the parliament has been forced to deal with. A week after Aoun takes power, Lebanon will be involved in coalitions and global commitments. He will “comes to terms” with Hezbollah, has “good intentions” toward the “forces”, and is focused on the new coalition with Hariri. Amidst all these contradictions, all that concerns Aoun is being called “your Excellency Mr President”.