Geagea Slams Aoun's Aides, Says IMF Talks Have 'Ended'

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Monday criticized the inner circle around President Michel Aoun and said Lebanon’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund have “ended.”

“My impression is that President Aoun has not given his opinion about anything lately, and when I used to talk to him about any issue, he would ask me to ‘talk to Jebran,’” Geagea said in an interview with LBCI TV, referring to Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, who is also Aoun’s son-in-law.

“Those in charge of the Presidency’s affairs are major elements of discord,” Geagea said.

Turning to the dire economic and financial situations, Geagea said “Lebanon’s journey to the IMF ended before it began.”

“In the presence of this ruling class one can't hope for anything and U.S. sanctions are a tiny part of the crisis,” he added.

“I’ve heard that the Americans are preventing the entry of dollars into Lebanon, but this issue is false and is being used for distraction, seeing as who will send dollars to Lebanon during this period?” Geagea said.

He noted that some are trying to link the economic crisis to international pressure on Hizbullah, but he pointed out that the confrontation between the U.S. and Iran goes back to two years ago.

“There is nothing bigger than the popular pressure that is being exerted since October 17, but the ruling authority does not feel anything,” Geagea decried.

Emphasizing that the Lebanese people are stronger than any calamity, the LF leader said those in power must “head to early parliamentary elections.”

“Or let them do like Bifani did,” Geagea added, referring to Finance Ministry director general Alain Bifani who resigned earlier in the day.

“The ruling majority does not have a sense of responsibility,” Geagea lamented.

He also said that “at its core, this government is not Hizbullah's government, but it is not in control of its decisions.”

“For example, Diab rejected the appointments in the beginning before eventually accepting them,” Geagea explained.

Timeline
  • 29 June 2020, 23:05

    Geagea: My impression is that President Aoun has not given his opinion about anything lately, and when I used to talk to him about any issue, he would ask me to “talk to Jebran.”

  • 29 June 2020, 23:04

    Geagea: Those in charge of the Presidency’s affairs are major elements of discord.

  • 29 June 2020, 23:03

    Geagea: Lebanon’s journey to the IMF ended before it began, in the presence of this ruling class one can't hope for anything and U.S. sanctions are a tiny part of the crisis.

  • 29 June 2020, 22:29

    Geagea on Judge Mazeh's ruling: What happened is very shameful.

  • 29 June 2020, 22:21

    Geagea: I’ve heard that the Americans are preventing the entry of dollars into Lebanon, but this issue is false and is being used for distraction, seeing as who will send dollars to Lebanon during this period?

  • 29 June 2020, 22:20

    Geagea: Some are trying to link the crisis to international pressure on Hizbullah, but the confrontation between the U.S. and Iran goes back to two years ago.

  • 29 June 2020, 22:13

    Geagea: There is nothing bigger than the popular pressure that is being exerted since October 17, but the ruling authority does not feel anything.

  • 29 June 2020, 22:03

    Geagea: The Lebanese people are stronger than any calamity, but those in charge of things must head to early parliamentary elections, or let them do like Bifani did.

  • 29 June 2020, 22:01

    Geagea: The ruling majority does not have a sense of responsibility.

  • 29 June 2020, 21:57

    Geagea: At its core, this government is not Hizbullah's government, but it is not in control of its decisions... For example, Diab rejected the appointments in the beginning before eventually accepting them.

  • 29 June 2020, 21:54

    Geagea: I called ex-PM Saad Hariri today over the security incident.

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Comments 3
Thumb tric.portugal 30 June 2020, 03:02

The silence about the 2 million of refugies... Geagea like Hariri defend the integration of the Meca refugies... Thats a fact

Thumb ansarullah 30 June 2020, 05:59

Convert or Die!
Shia Shia Shia !!!

Thumb s.o.s 30 June 2020, 14:19

You mitwelians are really evil people.