With the parliamentary elections now over, the first and basic stage now is to reconfigure the institution of the Parliament, which begins with the election of the Head of the Parliament and its deputy.
If the election of a new Head of Parliament is settled – again – for Nabih Berri for lack of candidates from outside the binary bloc, then it is expected that the position of deputy of the speaker of the parliament will be the address of the first battles within it.
The outcome will yield parliamentary positions in which various parliamentary and independent blocs are represented, including a notable bloc of civil society and the October 17 Revolution.
Elie Ferzli, the deputy of the parliament speaker, just lost his parliamentary seat in the Lebanese Elections 2022, after running the position from the early 2000s to 2005 and from 2018 to 2022, ending now with the elections.
This loss has now opened the door wide for a new Orthodox MP to run that position, in light of the complete difference between the newly elected parliament and the parliaments that preceded it.
Orthodox MPs are many, but among the names that may be nominated for this position more than others are the elected MP of the Lebanese Forces (LF) Ghassan Hasbani, the MP of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Elias Bou Saab, and the former Head of Beirut Bar Association, the elected MP of opposition Melhem Khalaf.
Each of them has an average vote and a certain percentage that may not qualify him for the position unless it is accompanied by the support of various other forces.
Thus, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament is the title of the first battles that will be undertaken by the new parliament.
As for the presidency, it will not be a battle as much as it is a station for exchanging pledged political messages.