Aoun Slams Govt. Failure to Complete Projects: Jal el-Dib Bridge Should Have Been Done by now

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun criticized on Tuesday the government's failure to follow up on various development projects in Lebanon, including the completion of the Jal el-Dib bridge.

He said after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: “The bridge should have been completed by now.”

He noted that the failure to finish the project has negatively affected the people living in the nearby areas.

The cabinet approved in July a plan to construct a tunnel in the Jal el-Dib area and tasked the Council of Development and Reconstruction with preparing the engineering studies.

In February, the bridge was dismantled after warnings that the structure could collapse.

The cabinet’s failure to find a replacement for the bridge sparked anger among the residents of the area.

In addition, Aoun criticized the traffic problems in Lebanon, wondering: “Why is it that every time that a conference is held it is staged at BIEL in Beirut? Why can't a major conference hall be constructed outside of Beirut? It sometimes takes people hours to reach the capital.”

“Don't other regions outside of Beirut deserve some attention?” he asked.

The traffic problem should be resolved because the people's interests are being harmed, noted the MP.

Timeline
  • 11 December 2012, 17:15

    Aoun: We hope the concerned authorities would seriously resolve these issues.

  • 11 December 2012, 17:13

    Aoun: Why is it that every time that a conference is held it is staged at BIEL in Beirut? Why can't a major conference hall be constructed outside of Beirut? It sometimes takes people hours to get to the capital.

  • 11 December 2012, 17:11

    Aoun: Failure to implement projects that favor the people has become a trait of the government.

  • 11 December 2012, 17:11

    Aoun: People are suffering over the failure to resolve the issue of the Jal el-Dib bridge.

  • 11 December 2012, 17:10

    FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: Concerning the Jal el-Dib bridge, the government has the right to take a decision on the matter independently.

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Comments 40
Default-user-icon ace (Guest) 11 December 2012, 17:19

في سنة 1934 hahaha

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 17:21

Sweet! comedy hour is hear. Be right back- going to grab my popcorn.

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 17:22

*here

Thumb loveandpeace 11 December 2012, 17:35

A new comedy with Aoun as Marie-Antoinette and Bashar in the role of Louis XVI.

Thumb jcamerican 11 December 2012, 17:52

What I don't understand, who is the government in Lebanon? All the time the government being attacked by all the leaders who are part of it, this doesn't make any sense. If you are useless and helpless, just resign and let the country go to hell.

Missing anonymetexasusa 11 December 2012, 20:26

FT / Mowaten
M14 wants mikati out, Aoun doesn't like mikati, together they can muster enough MP to topple the gov. And then Aoun with Berri, and HA, can form another cabinet and pick whoever they want. Unless it is Berri & HA who secretly want Mikati to remain, thus Aoun is in indirect conflict with them.
Aoun wanted to become president, Syria didn't want him, so they played good cop bad cop on him.
With HA supporting him, and Berri going against him. They also convinced Murr father to succeed from Aoun block, and they all conspired against him and elected Sleiman
When is Aoun going to realize that he is being played by his own M8 side.

Thumb liefighter 12 December 2012, 06:46

tfalsaf ba3d,

Default-user-icon SAM (Guest) 05 March 2013, 15:18

exactly

Thumb the_roar 11 December 2012, 18:02

God Bless you General. It is your quest for justice for all Lebanese that keeps most Lebanese living with some hope. It is such a shame you were born into a country so undeserving of such an honest & decent leader. Don't mind the oppositions hatred General, for it comes via their fears of what you stand for. Their lawless & criminal ways are endangered with your presence.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 11 December 2012, 18:14

fears of what???????assad still roaring????

Thumb mouallek 12 December 2012, 00:16

And God bless you for your staunch stupidity .
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Gospel of Matthew).

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 11 December 2012, 18:11

oul inchallah

Missing anonymetexasusa 11 December 2012, 18:13

Funny how the general always complains about the cabinet that he is a major part in.
If you are displeased either do something or resign from it
Or is it easier to gain votes to just go on camera pretend to be displeased.

Thumb primesuspect 11 December 2012, 21:31

With who's money? Bashar's? LOL

Thumb primesuspect 11 December 2012, 21:32

Oh I forgot, with Ahmadinjad's money. true.

Default-user-icon Borat (Guest) 11 December 2012, 18:15

I think he just beat Wiam Wahab as the most absurd speaker in Lebanese politics. Following his speech last week, Oqab Sakr wins third place and completes the podium of political clowns. Prominent figures including Sleiman Franjieh and Jamil Sayyed will be disappointing at losing out on a medal this year after some genius performances worthy of a nobel prize for absurdity should one exist

Thumb shab 11 December 2012, 18:17

Why all the attack against Aoun? For once he's right. The bridge should have been build and the goverment wich he's a part of is useless. That's why he and his like will not be re-elected.

Thumb mouallek 12 December 2012, 00:21

He is as useless as the government he is part to.

Missing anonymetexasusa 11 December 2012, 18:21

As for the content
He is right about the bridge. And about the neglect of other regions.
It was Hariri the father who sponsored the Beirut first approach (West Beirut in particular)
He even had Beirut get 24 hrs electricity at the expense of other regions, instead of fixing the problem.
And everybody remembers Siniora's recommendation to a delegation of investors "Put an X on East Beirut".
That history is what pushes Christians to support Aoun despite his alliance to HA

Default-user-icon karim_m1 (Guest) 11 December 2012, 18:52

General, maybe Nabil Nicola can use a portion of the considerable commission he "earned" for pushing for the removal of the old Jal el-Dib bridge to help build the new one. On second thought he might need it all to buy the drugs keeping him stoned.

Thumb Elemental 11 December 2012, 18:54

Copy/Paste huh?

Thumb Elemental 11 December 2012, 18:55

Beer anyone?

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 19:27

I'll bring the snaks.

Thumb thepatriot 12 December 2012, 16:37

Arguileh's on me!

Missing peace 11 December 2012, 20:07

gvt failure ? lol! FPM are in it so it also means FPM failure! he is insulting his own participation in this inefficient gvt! lol... he is complaining about a bridge because he has nothing else to say...
what about asking his friend fneich what he did for the administrative reform ? didn t aoun say he would refomr the state and its institutions?

oh! and didn t he say that he had a long list of M14 people involved in corruption that he would give when he s in power? what is he waiting for? empty talks as usual....

he d better start there it s more important than a bridge... oh! but he doesn t want to criticize his pimps!

Thumb lebanon_first 11 December 2012, 20:19

You may like GMA or not. But in what he is saying today he is right.
All they talk is development of the south, the north or the Bekaa, building 4 lane highways in khiam and Marjeyoun. But the metn where most of the christian population resides is gravely underserved. Not only did they not build a single road since ex president Lahoud, but they also removed Jal el Dib bridge creating a nightmare in the whole metn entrance. I dont know who is to blame, but something is to be done.

Missing samiam 12 December 2012, 00:00

It's the Lebanese way though--everyone, politicians, people on the street, relatives all like to talk and they do it well. In almost all cases though, nothing gets done. That's because there is no conseqence for not doing anything--same people keep getting voted back into office.

Sort of sad :(

Thumb primesuspect 12 December 2012, 00:19

I like what you said, it's true.

Thumb thepatriot 12 December 2012, 16:40

leb first
Sure...well they built the bridge in Anteliasa few years back, and new concrete bridges replaced the old ones from dora till Dbayeh. They also fixed the coastal road. Don't forget that Michel el Murr used to fill up his pockets in this area that is dominated with FMP mukhtars...

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 11 December 2012, 21:03

shwai shwai 3aleh ya starsky...
and what a great article...means crap really because weather you like it or not, christians in lebanon are split down the middle..

Default-user-icon Yussef (Guest) 11 December 2012, 21:26

comments like "tej rassna inta" remind me how most of us in lebanon are just like sheep, we follow without ever using our brains to think about things. And I don't only mean people who follow Aoun, I mean anyone who follows blindly with a "tej rassna" attitude, regardless which side they prefer.

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 11 December 2012, 22:16

He needs the metn votes so he throws them a bone. This is the government you wanted moron! you are just as much to blame.

Thumb mouallek 12 December 2012, 00:02

Go ahead . We will be happy to see you giving your blood for your orangina idol !

Missing gabby10 12 December 2012, 05:01

I am going to miss this orange retard someday in a strange way when ASSad falls. But the country can't take the stupidity any more.

Missing whyaskwhy 12 December 2012, 06:56

General Clown needs a mirror for his Christmas gift, he needs to look into it to remind him that he is a part of the government, but then again lets blame the Koreans on this one as the re-bar probably came from there! His followers will not listen but place their ostrich necks further into the dirt.

Missing whyaskwhy 12 December 2012, 07:02

General Clown needs a mirror for his Christmas gift, he needs to look into it to remind him that he is a part of the government, but then again lets blame the Koreans on this one as the re-bar probably came from there! His followers will not listen but place their ostrich necks further into the dirt.

Missing trigger 12 December 2012, 08:39

Aoun is just trying to use the jal el dib issue in hopes of an electoral push, although it is a quite righteous issue. So stop politicizing it anddo something about it.
And if biel were named michel aoun conference center, he wold not have mentionned it. Ya general fi emile lahoud conference center in dbayeh, but people prefer holding their conferences in capitals, not outside them. I suggest you choose those conference centers for your gatherings, although they do not bring as much crowd.

Default-user-icon Borat (Guest) 12 December 2012, 11:07

what kind of moderator you have who allows for idiots to insult each other on the comment section but does not post witty comments such as mine!! "I think he just beat Wiam Wahab as the most absurd speaker in Lebanese politics. Following his speech last week, Oqab Sakr wins third place and completes the podium of political clowns. Prominent figures including Sleiman Franjieh and Jamil Sayyed will be disappointing at losing out on a medal this year after some genius performances worthy of a nobel prize for absurdity should one exist"

Default-user-icon Borat (Guest) 12 December 2012, 11:08

I think he just beat Wiam Wahab as the most absurd speaker in Lebanese politics. Following his speech last week, Oqab Sakr wins third place and completes the podium of political clowns. Prominent figures including Sleiman Franjieh and Jamil Sayyed will be disappointing at losing out on a medal this year after some genius performances worthy of a nobel prize for absurdity should one exist

Missing whyaskwhy 12 December 2012, 12:25

Oh no Trigger its o.k. for Clown to politicize things after all he’s against Satan and Israel and all the bad gremlins too!
I’m sure he means well the poor dear but age and sanity have both not served him well just look at the lack of accomplishments from his record.
That said though making a living out of criticism has served him as he only has to make a remark about why his government is not doing its job for people to agree with him, after all look at how many people he has managed to fool?!! Yeah Clown your right the government is not doing its job make a positive change and simply retire from politics.