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Lebanon’s Geagea Calls on Aoun to Save his Presidency, Criticizes Bassil over Govt.

Lebanon’s Geagea Calls on Aoun to Save his Presidency, Criticizes Bassil over Govt.

Monday, 10 September, 2018 - 06:00
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. (NNA)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
Head of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, urged on Sunday President Michel Aoun to rescue his term in office after accusing Free Patriotic Movement leader Jebran Bassil of behaving in a manner that harms the presidency.

“I call upon President Aoun to take the initiative to save his tenure, starting with the formation of the new government,” he said.

He made his remarks during a memorial mass held in Maarab for LF martyrs.

Geagea said: “The only truth is that there are some individuals who are attempting to reduce the representation of the LF and others in cabinet, while irrationally, unrealistically and unacceptably trying to acquire the largest number of ministries...all under the pretext of the president's share.”

The LF leader said his party insists on full participation in the government in order to preserve the state and help it out of its crisis in wake of the rampant corruption.

In a word addressed to the FPM, Geagea said that the 2016 Maarab Understanding "is a historical achievement that cannot be viewed from a narrow or small angle, and cannot be comprehended correctly unless evaluated from a broad perspective."

On relations with Syria, he noted that the Lebanese people have recently heard some voices calling for Beirut to normalize ties with Damascus.

"If there is a legitimate state in Syria? How can we explain its absence from the Arab League?”

“Is it logical that we, this small country, overstep the Arab League and establish normal relations with a regime with which we have severed ties?” the LF leader asked.

Geagea said the purpose of normalizing relations with Bashar Assad's regime was not related to the return of Syrian refugees back to their homes, but to return regime hegemony over Lebanon.

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