I thought I might draw your attention to a hilarious discussion on the FPM comment boards about whom the Aounists should nominate to face the Young Turks of March 14’s Christian parties (also known as the Related-To-Martyrs List). I’m referring, of course, to Michel “Micho” Mouawad (son of slain prez René Mouawad), Sami Gemayel (brother of slain Minister Pierre Gemayel), Nadim Gemayel (son of slain prez Bachir Gemayel), and ridiculous hottie Nayla Tueni (daughter of slain MP and an-Nahar editor, Gebran Tueni). Here is one suggestion for an FPM list to face this formidable challenge.
Beneath the Aounist merriment, make no mistake, is a good deal of hand-wringing. After all, Micho could easily step into his mother’s shoes, denying Suleiman Frangieh a clean sweep in Zgharta. Nayla Tueni is a pretty good bet for a seat in Achrafieh, one of the three big swing districts by my estimation. As for the Gemayels… I suppose it depends on whose list they end up on.
In other news, a cop was pulled over in Dahiyeh last night by a bunch of armed men, stripped of his weapons and vehicle (which was sprayed with bullets) and made to leave the southern suburb on foot. What does this mean? At the very least, that it is going to be a very long week for Ibrahim al-Moussawi (who has apparently returned to his post as media relations director for the Hizb).
I have finally tracked down the source of the rumors concerning the connection between the MEA fiascoes and the Hariri tribunal. Jeha’s Nail and Blacksmiths of Lebanon were reporting that Joseph Sader (the kidnapped MEA official) “processed and prepared files related to the Hariri assassination case,” and that Ghassan Miqdad (the murdered MEA pilot) “had transported the Hariri files to the Hague on February 9.” The source of these delicious nuggets? The Kuwaiti National Enquirer, al-Seyassah. Oh well.
What else? It looks like Fouad Saniora may be running for parliament. The Daily Star urges him to consider running in Beirut as opposed to Saida (that is Bahia’ s turf, obviously). Can anyone explain to me why Saida only gets two parliament seats, compared to Beirut’s 19 and Tripoli’s 8? Meanwhile, its suburb Zahrani gets 3, chosen at Nabih Berri’s whim. Even by Lebanese standards, this level of gerrymandering seems quite egregious.
In other news, as some of you may have noticed, I recently switched over to a new domain, qifanabki.com. (Hey, who said that anonymity precludes vanity?) I believe that any links to the old site (qifanabki.wordpress.com) will remain valid, but just to be on the safe side, you may consider updating any blogroll links and RSS feeds to the new site address. Speaking of RSS, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to it. (Old hands, please don’t snicker! Apparently only 5-10% of web users know what RSS is and how to use it).
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“Can anyone explain to me why Saida only gets two parliament seats, compared to Beirut’s 19 and Tripoli’s 8? Meanwhile, its suburb Zahrani gets 3”
Population of voters registered to vote there. While Saida is now big and has a large population, most of its inhabitants are likely registered to vote elsewhere. Don’t forget it wasn’t long ago that Saida was considered even smaller than Sur.
Im not entirely sure that Zahrani has more seats as a result of this but its likely.