Aoun: Anti-Corruption Battle Has Begun and I'll Call Things by Name
President Michel Aoun on Tuesday announced the start of his tenure's “anti-corruption battle,” vowing to “call things by name” should the deterioration continue.
“Today we have started the anti-corruption battle. I was waiting for the post-parliamentary elections government to engage in this battle more effectively, but this should not prevent its start in light of the magnitude of the enormous corruption that we are witnessing,” Aoun said in Baabda in a meeting with a delegation from the Energy and Water Ministry.
The delegation was led by caretaker minister Cesar Abi Khalil and the directors general of the ministry and the Electricité du Liban and public water institutions.
“We have many difficulties ahead to overcome and I will call things by name, because it is unacceptable to continue in the same manner, seeing as people are counting on us and they are the ones who are suffering,” the President added.
“It doesn't matter when we begin the work but rather when we finish it, because speed is essential and necessary. We began working on the electricity plan in June 2010, and after eight years we are still suffering from a power deficiency,” Aoun went on to say.
“We have borne the blame for the delay and non-implementation despite political acknowledgment that we were prevented from implementing these plans,” he added.