Aoun Says Lebanon Has 'Won'


After an agreement reached at the Cabinet that affirmed Lebanon's commitment to the dissociation policy, President Michel Aoun said the statement constitutes “a win for Lebanon,” Aoun said on Twitter on Wednesday.

“The statement issued by the Cabinet yesterday does not constitute a win for one party or loss for another. The winner here is Lebanon which was able to get through, thanks for the unity of the people to safeguard stability and peace,” said Aoun.

The President added that Lebanon has turned the page on the crisis, pointing out that the government will resume its duties and continue preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled in May.

On Tuesday, Hariri announced that he is stepping back from his resignation after an extraordinary government meeting that endorsed the country's dissociation policy.

In a statement he read to reporters, the PM announced that he had withdrawn his resignation one month after stepping down from his post in a shock move.

Hariri announced his resignation on November 4 in a surprise televised address from Saudi Arabia that sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground for regional powers.

His resignation was seen as part of an intensifying power struggle between the Saudi kingdom -- which had long backed Hariri -- and its regional rival Iran, which backs Hizbullah.

After announcing he was bowing out Hariri, who accused Hizbullah of destabilizing Lebanon, remained in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he was being held hostage by the Saudis.

French President Emmanuel Macron intervened to try defuse the crisis, inviting Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned to Beirut to a hero's welcome.

Two weeks later, following consultations with the various political groups in Lebanon, Hariri announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 06 December 2017, 14:37

Mr Aoun, what is it exactly we won? didn't you and your terrorist pals sign the Baabda agreement which is the exact same thing as the dissociation policy? are you smoking 3ajami as well?

Thumb whyaskwhy 06 December 2017, 15:11

Probably he is late on his meds again but whats sure here is that Lebanon is not the winner but further in debt and even more divided. To be fair to Clown hes no different than any leader that has tried unsuccessfully to manage this hodgepodge nation.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 06 December 2017, 15:19

Never has Lebanon seen a winning President like this one, ever!

Thumb s.o.s 06 December 2017, 15:27

LoL indeed , jackpot for him and Bassil, bankruptcies and debt for the rest of the Lebanese .

Ever since he got “elected”, my properties lost 30% of their value.

Thumb janoubi 06 December 2017, 15:22

"an agreement reached at the Cabinet that affirmed Lebanon's commitment to the dissociation policy"

It surely means Lebanon was not abiding by the dissociation policy before and all of Aoun's rhetoric in the past was purely lip service.

Missing humble 07 December 2017, 00:37

They have won by dividing petrol and gas among themselves.

Thumb s.o.s 07 December 2017, 15:16

spot on hambel. spot on!