Aoun Says Incitement Leads to War: Any Electoral Law with Known Results Will Not Passإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun warned on Tuesday against the current “dangerous security situation in the country”, explaining that not responding to “incitement, provocation, killing and kidnapping incidents will lead to an internal war”.
"Politicians and those keen on preserving the constitution are held responsible for any conflict that may erupt in the country,” Aoun stated in a statement he gave after Change and Reform parliamentary bloc's weekly meeting, adding that “armed forces on ground are preparing for this war”.
He said: “The cabinet has not taken any step to arrest people blocking roads or attacking people”.
"No one has been penalized,” he noted. "Whether the defect is in the security forces or among ministers, we call on them to resign and urge replacing them”.
Commenting on the electoral law debate, the FPM leader said he will not accept any alternative to the Orthodox Gathering's draft, except when a better suggestion is put forward.
"Any law that predicts the elections' results beforehand is rejected,” he confirmed.
"Those saying the Orthodox proposal is illegal can refer it to the constitutional council for a judgment in this matter,” he stated.
Regarding his comments on the situation in Bahrain, Aoun said that “he might have been misunderstood”: “We are on good terms with Bahrain and we are keen on its security and stability”.
“We do not want to meddle in any other Arab country's affairs,” he remarked.
Aoun had criticized earlier in February the international community and the Arab League for their lack of support for Bahraini protesters.
His statement to Iran's al-Alam television was considered by Bahrain as an “irresponsible meddling in its internal affairs.”
Meanwhile, several internal political factions attacked the FPM leader's remarks, expressing that they “threaten the businesses and the futures of many Lebanese in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council”.
Aoun had responded to critics, saying “we support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Bahrain would incur a lot of criticism if it does not advocate it.”
26 February 2013, 17:29
Aoun: We are on good terms with Bahrain and we are keen on its security and stability and my statement might have been misunderstood. We do not want to meddle in any other Arab country's affairs and we did not call for violence or for changing the regime. We encourage national dialogue away from foreign interference.
26 February 2013, 17:23
Aoun: We support reconsidering the wage scales and we have proposed a taxation approach that does not affect the poor but the professors' strikes are being criticized by the parents.
26 February 2013, 17:19
Aoun: We will not agree on the 1960's electoral law.
26 February 2013, 17:18
Aoun: We have suggested an electoral law based on proportional representation and to consider Lebanon as one electoral district although we favor the Orthodox proposal, but we did not get any response.
26 February 2013, 17:17
Aoun: Televisions are giving a chance to all out-of-law people to voice out their opinion freely.
26 February 2013, 17:15
Aoun: If the security forces can not take on this responsibility, officials should be replaced and if ministers were found responsible we call them to resign..
26 February 2013, 17:15
Aoun: Who gave the order to block roads, attack a hospital and release an arrested man? Who justifies this lack of security control?
26 February 2013, 17:14
Aoun: There are not arresting criminals although they are collecting the data of communication.
26 February 2013, 17:13
Aoun: Incitement will lead to internal war and the armed forces will take on the task of preparing for it. Politicians and the protectors of the constitution are responsible for this.
26 February 2013, 17:12
Aoun: We are in a very dangerous state of security where there is incitement to murder, provocation, and attacks on military forces.. and there is no appropriate respond to all of this.
26 February 2013, 17:10
Aoun: I ask those accusing me of aiming at the presidency how can I be present in the light of an unconstitutional law?
26 February 2013, 17:10
Aoun: There are evil intentions behind accusing us of dragging people into war.
26 February 2013, 17:08
Aoun: They want to know the outcome of the elections before it takes place and we will not accept this.
26 February 2013, 17:05
Aoun: Let us refer the Orthodox draft to parliament and the MPs will decide on its unconstitutionality.
26 February 2013, 17:04
Aoun: Article 95 of the Lebanese constitution states that true equal power-sharing is the way to eliminate sectarianism and I do not understand MP Robert Ghanem's statement about the unconstitutionality of the Orthodox draft.
26 February 2013, 17:03
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: The Orthodox Gathering's draft electoral law might be referred to parliament for vote but al-Mustaqbal movement opposes this step.