Jumblat: Officials Must Address People's Concerns before Tackling Presidential Elections Charade

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat noted on Monday that the dispute over the presidential elections has become linked to regional developments, meaning that officials are better off addressing the concerns of the people until they can settle their differences.

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “Officials must cater to the people's daily concerns before turning to the elections charade.”

“Should we leave Lebanon exposed to regional storms until various politicians make compromises over the polls?” he wondered.

Jumblat demanded that “radical and bold” measures be taken concerning the electricity file “that is costing the treasury billions of dollars in losses on an annual basis.”

He proposed dedicating funds to build new power plants in order to put an end to “this problem that has been escalating for several years.”

The PSP chief also suggested imposing fines on maritime property violations and urged syndicates to demand a wage hike that would take into consideration the country's economy.

In addition, the MP demanded officials to put an end to corruption and search for serious measures that will address the water shortage in Lebanon.

“The only beacon of hope in all of this misery is the growing degree of coordination between the security agencies in confronting the rising dangers and in taking preemptive measures that would avert further security deterioration,” he remarked.

Security agencies succeeded in recent weeks in arresting several suspects linked to various terrorist networks.

In June, security forces raided the Napoleon Hotel in Beirut's Hamra district after obtaining information on a plot to target hospitals and high-ranking security officials.

Over 100 people were interrogated during the security raid but only a Frenchman who is originally from the Comoros islands was arrested and has reportedly confessed to being sent by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to carry out a terrorist attack in Lebanon.

Lebanon was once again hit by a series of deadly blasts recently, the latest of which was on June 25 when a Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up at the Duroy Hotel during a security raid. His accomplice, also a Saudi citizen, survived the blast and is being questioned.

Comments 7
Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 14:10

charade is created by you and your likes who want to controle the Christian votes

Thumb habib 07 July 2014, 14:49

Di3anak ya bayik

Thumb beiruti 07 July 2014, 16:17

On this, Walid Bike is wrong. A serious state is one that addresses the needs of the people. But one that does so without constitutial officers in place is, not a serious state. The first sign of a state is one that can produce order and stability. When a government cannot bring order to itself, it cannot bring order to the State or to the people.

Default-user-icon Shalfon Diranguy (Guest) 07 July 2014, 18:14

When this scum bag low life piece of filth talks about officials, I bet you he does not mean al jins al 3atel as these are low life scum bag pieces of filth, too, even though they are neither lower lives than nor as filthy or as scum bags as he.

Thumb Tony.Farris 08 July 2014, 00:37

Where's HizbCocaine Supporters? They can't lie in Ramadan?

Thumb Tony.Farris 08 July 2014, 00:37

General George Khoury, for president. Can anyone complain about him?

Default-user-icon Brianna (Guest) 08 July 2014, 13:49

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