Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized on Wednesday Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun’s statements, saying that his “disastrous” tenure in rule has been rife with corruption.
He told Free Lebanon radio: “Aoun is the last person who is entitled to speak about honor.”
He made his remarks in response to the MP’s recent criticism against him in light of the latter’s critical remarks against Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi’s statements on Syria.
Geagea continued: “Who leaves his family and 400 of his soldiers and flees to France?”
He made this statement in reference to Aoun’s exile to Paris in 1990 at the end of the Lebanese civil war.
“We are not honored by such actions,” he stated.
Furthermore, Geagea cited the 1989 incident during the civil war in which Aoun’s supporters headed to the seat of the Patriarchate in Bkirki and vandalized the area in response to what they said was excessive support showed by then Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir towards the LF chief.
“I did not want to bring up such issues, but Aoun is forcing us to do so,” he added.
“He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones at others,” said Geagea.
Addressing Geagea’s criticism of al-Rahi, Aoun had stated on Tuesday: “I’m not surprised by the campaign against the patriarch, but even at the peak of our dispute with the Maronite patriarchate, we did not launch such remarks against this spiritual post.”
“Personal accusations against the patriarch are rejected and unacceptable and we stand by His Eminence,” he added.
Geagea on Monday slammed al-Rahi’s stances on Syria, saying his remarks “put all the Christians in the region in danger.”
“I can’t hide the fact that his statements had infuriated me, as they support the regime and contradict with our entire history and I cannot be proud of this rhetoric,” Geagea said in an interview on MTV.
But Aoun stressed that “it is not for Geagea to judge the value of the patriarch’s remarks.”
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