Talking to a number of "unidentified" March 14th analysts, MPs, and Ministers, NOW Lebanon tries its hand at explaining the March 14th push for Army Commander Michel Suleiman's candidacy for the Presidency and the constitutional amendment it requires:
Furthermore, if Sleiman becomes president, his allies will fill a number of seats in the next government along with ministers drawn from March 14 and the opposition. The Sleiman seats, according to this scenario, will effectively hold the balance of power within the cabinet, denying the opposition a veto-wielding share...."Most of the March 14 MPs have come to the conclusion that Syria's goal is to create a void at the level of the presidency," said one source...."The main trump is that the Syrians were about to use Aoun's popular uprising against the Siniora government, saying that the Sunnis have taken the presidential prerogative. This is no longer valid," said a senior Future Movement source...."The main message the Americans are sending is that Syria can have a veto on every major decision in Lebanon. They [the Syrians] achieved that by killing us without any consequences," said one March 14 source.
The article also contains a behind-the-scenes look at the build up to the group's public backing of the Army Commander for the Presidential seat, and the stances and positions of key politicians behind the move.