Al-Gomhoria: Qardahi nominates Franjieh for the presidency

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What does Minister of Information George Kordahi do in his ministry, which is deciding to take on the challenge of harmonizing freedoms and ethics? Where is the political and judicial entitlements that have been chasing the government since its inception?

Since receiving the portfolio of the Ministry of Information, Qardahi has been busy reviewing his ministry’s files based on the following priorities:

– Activating “Lebanon TV” so that it “pops” again and competes with other stations, especially since it has great potential, as he says.

– Developing “Radio Lebanon” in order to be able to outperform the “FM” radio stations and attract the largest percentage of listeners.

Organizing the media sector after amending the laws in force, while insisting on refusing to abolish the ministry, and on maintaining the centrality of the decision with the Minister of Information “because the reality of Lebanon does not resemble the reality of France.”

And based on his enthusiasm to revitalize the official media and restore its luster, Qardahi reveals that he agreed with an idea that was presented to him to present a special episode on the occasion of the upcoming Independence Day on Lebanon TV.

Qardahi smiles, during his meeting with the Media Graduates Association headed by Khader Majid, when referring to the campaigns he has been subjected to since his appointment as a minister, concluding that one of the reasons for this is that his name is being proposed to run for Kesrouan in the parliamentary elections, expressing his regret that some inside Lebanon were inciting against him. In some Gulf countries.

He stresses the importance of modernizing the media law, which is being studied in Parliament, in order to keep pace with challenges and protect ethics. Any deterrent,” he warned, noting that the media should not remain untouched, “and the dignity of politicians and non-political people should be respected.”

As for the general situation, Qardahi points out that there are indications that cabinet sessions will resume next week, considering that the solution to Judge Tariq Al-Bitar’s file is judicial and not governmental.

He points out that President Najib Mikati is a pragmatic man who excels at rounding corners, “and the government, despite the fact that it did not meet, did not stop its work. The meetings of the ministerial committees are continuing under the chairmanship of Mikati to keep pace with vital files.”

Qardahi stops at “the rise in the price of the dollar, which is a concern for us,” explaining that “there is a great demand for it, and there is a need to pump one billion dollars into the market to control its price, so where do we get it from?”

Qardahi considers that the current government is one of the best in terms of harmony, “and the hearts among the ministers are pure despite the local discrepancy that occurred in the last session, and we certainly need to increase productivity, but the main crisis facing us is the severe shortage of liquidity in the state, especially since Hassan Diab’s government spent $12 billion on subsidies. He stresses that the relationship between President Michel Aoun and Mikati is excellent, “and there is cooperation between them, and Mikati refuses to slide into any confrontation with Aoun, and does not respond to attempts to incite him against him.” He clarifies that he has not yet decided the issue of running for the upcoming parliamentary elections, pointing out that his final decision depends on time.

When asked if he aspires to the presidency? He answers emphatically: “My candidate for the presidency is the head of the Marada movement, Suleiman Franjieh.”

Qardahi recounts how, during the formation negotiations, Franjieh insisted on appointing him as a minister, at the risk of the “Marada” movement’s refusal to participate in the government, considering that Franjieh was a “school of loyalty.”





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