Geagea Says LF Opposes Hizbullah Political Stances, Considers it Impedes Rise of Stateإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed on Sunday that Hizbullah is the only factor at this point obstructing the rise of the state, noting that there is no enmity with the party but mere political rivalry.
"We only oppose Hizbullah's political stance... the party has foreign ties that disagree with our own principles regarding Lebanon... our relationship is a political rift between two political projects," Geagea said in an interview on Youtube.
Geagea has recently said that Hizbullah and the extremist Islamic State group are enemies but have closely related features of one idea.
The presidential aspirant stressed that the only factor obstructing the rise of the state is "Hizbullah's presence as a state within a state," considering that "the situation will not continue as it is."
Geagea stressed that he would exert efforts to avert the break out of any war in Lebanon, accusing Iran of impeding the election of a new head of state.
"The reason behind the presidential vacuum is Iran... we either elect a head of state who aspire to its project in the region or the elections will not be staged," the Christian leader added.
MPs failed for the 20th time last week to elect a new head of state over lack of quorum. President Michel Suleiman's term ended in May without the election of a successor.
Hizbullah and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc have been boycotting electoral sessions due to a disagreement with the March 14 camp over a compromise presidential candidate.
The rivalry between Geagea and Aoun is one of the reasons behind the ongoing vacuum in the presidency.
Geagea noted that Lebanon's composition is "very complicated," expressing hope that the country would become a political power that suits its cultural and historical value.
Asked if he will seek to terminate the political sectarianism if he reaches the Baabda Palace, the LF leader said that "it's still too early for that as the Lebanese should first reach a civil society which should become one of the main pillars of building a civil state."
"The division of power is now considered our security valve" amid the situation in the Middle East, Geagea added.
Asked if Christians are now engaged in a battle of existence against the rising threats by jihadists, Geagea expressed belief that the "Christians in Lebanon are facing another kind of risks."
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