Aoun 'Determined to Solve Problems Facing Lebanese', Vows to Build 'Strong State'


President Michel Aoun has stressed that he is “determined to confront the problems that the Lebanese are facing.”

“With the beginning of the year 2017, we are determined to confront the problems that the Lebanese are facing and to start solving them,” Aoun said in an interview with ad-Diyar newspaper.

“Inspection authorities, the judiciary and all state institutions will work away from politics and we will try to build a strong state that serves the interest of the Lebanese people,” he added.

“The most important point that I want to tell the Lebanese with the beginning of the year 2017 is that we will fulfill what we have promised them,” the president pledged.

Aoun's election after two and a half years of presidential void and Saad Hariri's appointment as premier have raised hopes that Lebanon can begin tackling challenges including a stagnant economy, a moribund political class and the influx of more than a million Syrian refugees.

Analysts have however warned that Aoun's election will not be a "magic wand" for Lebanon, which has seen longstanding political divisions exacerbated by the war in neighboring Syria.

In addition to pledges of economic growth and security, Aoun said in his oath of office last month that Lebanon must work to ensure Syrian refugees "can return quickly" to their country.

Aoun also pledged to endorse an "independent foreign policy" and to protect Lebanon from "the fires burning across the region."

Comments 10
Missing peace007 01 January 2017, 18:34

Best of luck President Aoun. There's much work to be done.

Thumb Elemental 01 January 2017, 21:10

All in theory, as his allegiance is not to Lebanon to begin with. This is all empty words bought off by Iran and nothing will change EXCEPT the slow removal of any Christianity through their gullibility and Iran's takia tactics.

Thumb Elemental 01 January 2017, 21:13

If this were true, all extremism including Wahabi and Iranian revolutionary guard toxicity has to be expelled from Lebanon, which won't happen.

Thumb chrisrushlau 01 January 2017, 21:36

You're going to hurt your neck if you keep doing that. Mr. Aoun has things under control: what does Mr. Hariri have to do? I would like to suggest that he be given the beret file. Once Lebanon's military is well-bereted, it can move forthrightly to tackle some other points of contention, such as Article 24 of the Constitution which reserves half of the seats in Parliament to Christians. I see Mr. Aoun has put his son-in-law in charge of the Ministry of Christian Identity with a plan to declare the Shia majority de jure Christians so that they can feel the benefit of Article 24's Christian privilege. I also see that I have called for a military intervention to overturn Article 24, which was not my intention, but since I ordered it, it might as well go ahead.

Thumb Elemental 02 January 2017, 02:43

You don't care about Christians movatenrushlau, enough takia.

Thumb Elemental 02 January 2017, 17:20

I like how you resort to petty tactics.

Missing rabbishlomo 02 January 2017, 17:25

I respect Eli Mental for his in depth analysis due to the continuous shaking of the head.
Eli Eli Eli, you are a great citizen of my not so great republic

Thumb Elemental 02 January 2017, 20:06

I could care less about Israel, sunshine ;)

Missing rabbishlomo 02 January 2017, 22:39

Eli Eli Eli,
I got so dizzy by just looking at your avatar, I feel your pain brother.

Thumb Elemental 02 January 2017, 20:08

Kinda hypocritical of you, wouldn't you say?