Each camp did what it did and is now holding its stand based on the belief that it represents the true majority. Everybody agrees that the difference between a majority and a minority rests on few percentage points swinging one way or another. So instead of claiming who has the true majority, let us put the system in play and resolve the current crisis in the next 24 hours following the elections.
Indeed, as sad as it could be, we have a unique opportunity at hand with the partial Metn parliamentary election. What makes it particularly interesting is that the Metn is the main electoral stronghold of the FPM. In this case the election law of 2000 is as good as any law since it is meant to fill up only one seat. So why is the March 14 coalition so keen on carrying out this election while the 8th of March coalition is avoiding it?
One could argue that “avoiding” is not the appropriate qualification since it is on the basis of a non-existent government with a president that is not following through his responsibilities. So let us not argue this point and consider that the government has indeed retired. On that same basis we would all agree that the cabinet of today is merely an interim government dealing with day-to-day issues, and so evidently, President Lahoud could authorize the Metn partials… if the 8 March coalition wanted so.
Would the 8 March coalition continue its hold downtown if the FPM loses this election? Could the 14 March coalition say that Aoun lost considerable popularity if the FPM wins this election?
So cut it short ladies and gentlemen and run this election. You owe it to us…