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Hariri: Arms Used against People Lose their Legitimacy

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Thursday that arms that are directed against what is just will fail as was demonstrated in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

He said after a luncheon banquet in the honor of various religious clerics: “Any arms used against the people lose their legitimacy and even state weapons would lose their legitimacy if they do not serve the people and their interests.”

“We want the establishment of a democratic state where citizens can express themselves freely,” he added.

He reiterated the March 14 camp demand for justice and the establishment of a state capable of protecting all its Christian and Muslim sons.

In the six years that followed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination, “we have never called for revenge and we were never spiteful towards anyone. All we are asking for is justice that would heal the wounds of Lebanese who consider Hariri’s assassination an assassination of the project to the build the state,” he said.

“We will practice our opposition in all peaceful democratic methods and we believe that the people’s affairs are more important than any political position,” he continued.

“Only the state can harbor all the citizens, and a single sect or a single political party cannot represent all the Lebanese,” Hariri noted.

Earlier on Thursday, the caretaker premier headed a meeting for the Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc at Qoreitem.


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