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Aoun: Asking us to Choose between Hariri and Civil Strife is Not a Democratic Approach

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun condemned on Tuesday the protests against the appointment of Najib Miqati as prime minister-designate, saying: “Today’s events have taken place between those seeking to burn the city and those seeking to build it.”

He assured the Lebanese after the movement’s weekly meeting that they will witness financial and economic relief with Miqati’s appointment, hoping that all sides would cease their sectarian incitement.

The MP stressed that the problem with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was not restricted to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, but “a number of grave mistakes have been committed” such as the employment of martyrdom in politics, the disregard of the resignation of Shiite ministers from cabinet a few years ago, and the formation of the unconstitutional STL.

“The other camp has lost all its credibility before the Lebanese people and the world, and any state that supports Hariri is doing so for its own interest,” Aoun said.

Asked if the new government would halt the STL, he replied: “The tribunal will stop by itself. This is not a pressing issue as there is an overwhelming popular majority that opposes the STL, which has lost its transparency.”

Asked if he believed that strife would erupt in Lebanon, he responded: “Strife requires two sides, and we don’t want to fight.”


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