Lebanon can do without armed clashes similar to those of May 7, 2008 and the recent remarks of former head of General Security, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun "are rejected," Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat said Thursday.
In an interview with LBC TV, Jumblat said that "the presumptions presented" by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon were "very important," noting that "the tribunal's issue can be solved between (Premier Saad)Hariri and Nasrallah, so there's no need to topple it (STL) through street" riots.Full Story
Political circles monitoring President Michel Suleiman's position towards the political situation have likened his latest call to political powers to a warning "to those who have strayed away from the state and attempted to turn against legitimacy through civil disobedience."
His call also urged the powers to respect the Syrian-Saudi summit that was held in Lebanon, reported the National News Agency Wednesday.Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat stressed Wednesday that Lebanon is currently being subject to a "fierce coup attempt" the aim of which is to restore the situation in the country to what it was before March 14, 2005.
It said in a statement after its weekly meeting, read by its coordinator Fares Soaid: "Hizbullah revealed this plan itself when it announced its refusal of the facts and political, national, and popular equations."Full Story
Former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed is looking for a human rights court to sue the Lebanese State.
Sayyed, who is currently in Paris, said in an interview published Wednesday by Al-Akhbar newspaper that he and a team of advisers were "rummaging around for a human rights court eligible to sue the Lebanese State."Full Story
MP Oqab Saqr said he will choose the "right moment" to uncover the name of the mediator who was dispatched by former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed to PM Saad Hariri to ask for $15 million in return for giving up his case.
Saqr, in remarks published Wednesday by An-Nahar newspaper, accused Sayyed of "intimidating people and persuading others to get out of this (blackmail) issue."Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun criticized on Tuesday the Police Intelligence Bureau and General Prosecution calling them an "armed gang" demanding citizens not to obey them.
He stressed that the intelligence bureau does not abide by the laws, wondering who it answers to and who monitors its budget.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party media officer Rami al-Rayyes stated Tuesday that a meeting between party leader MP Walid Jumblat and Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is possible, adding that communications between the PSP and other political power are ongoing.
Furthermore, he voiced his opposition to non-political attacks against the president, prime minister, and other officials, saying that they are "unnecessary, unless some sides have some implicit aims to destroy the internal consensus."Full Story
Lebanese Forces bloc MP Antoine Zahra stated Monday the current uproar and threats are being issued out of fear and are attempts to escape the inevitable.
He condemned the intimidation and claims that the Lebanese have come full circle after five years, saying: "We are certain that we will eventually establish the state that we want and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will continue its work and achieve a result."Full Story
The press office of former General Security chief Major General Jamil al-Sayyed responded on Tuesday to the statement issued by the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon in which he justified his recent statement by saying that he "presented the embassy and its diplomats a favor to objectively tackle the situation."
Sayyed's statement said that the diplomatic official at the embassy is fully responsible for the security of its diplomats "due to the irresponsible positions he is presenting before his Lebanese visitors."Full Story
The Anti-Drug Bureau on Wednesday announced it had foiled an attempt to smuggle 65.7 kilograms of hashish from Lebanon to the Netherlands.
A police statement said the shipment was packed in the form of chips inside a secret hiding in the trunk of a silver Kia with a European plate.Full Story