Raad Defends Govt., Accuses Opposition of Obstructing Its Plansإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
MP Mohammed Raad, head of Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc, on Thursday strongly defended Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s government against the opposition’s fierce criticism, during the third round of parliamentary debate over the government’s policies.
Hitting back at lawmakers who criticized Hizbullah’s controversial arsenal of weapons in their speeches, Raad said: “We reiterate that questioning the Resistance's legitimacy is against national principles, as dialogue needs confidence and building confidence requires putting an end to lies and to scaring people with the Resistance and its arms.”
Hizbullah argues that its arms are needed to defend the country against Israel, while rivals accuse the group of employing its weapons in the domestic political conflicts.
Defending the government’s so-called self-disassociation policy towards the Syrian crisis, Raad said: “We have committed ourselves to rejecting any foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs in order to protect Lebanon from the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.”
“We respect and support the Syrian people's demands for reform and stress the importance of a political solution” in Syria, he added.
Raad noted that “the opposition's negative approach towards the government and the political alignments in the country have negatively affected the government's productivity.”
“Opposition forces waged a campaign to isolate government and employed all international relations in order to pressure it and block any support for its projects, but despite that this government has managed to prove itself amid the ongoing threats in the region,” the top Hizbullah lawmaker went on to say.
He stressed that Miqati’s government “has managed to protect Lebanon from the repercussions of Syria's events, to lay out a comprehensive plan for the electricity sector, to reinforce public transport and the oil sector and to pass a law on the safety of buildings.”